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• Walnutlawn Farms: Beyond the Numbers • Ontario’s 2018 Master Breeders • District Farm Tours Recapped • Q&A with Bonnie Cooper • ALL NEW Heart of the Herd Contest W W W. O N TA R I O. H O L ST E I N . C A

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President’s Message 2019 Open or Closed County Shows Ontario’s 2018 Master Breeders Gaylea Production Winners Outstanding Dairy Women’s Award AGM Report 2019 District Farm Tours Walnutlawn Farms

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Ontario Holstein Branch Office 20 Corporate Place, Brantford, ON N3T 5R4 Phone: (519) 653-6180 Fax: (519) 756-9982 Email: branch@ontario.holstein.ca www.ontario.holstein.ca

ALL NEW Heart of the Herd 2018 Adrian Vander Wielen Recognized Q&A with Bonnie Cooper Ontario Dairy Youth Trust Fund

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SECRETARY, Mary Poirier branch@ontario.holstein.ca

European Young Breeders School Classifying Herds of 2018

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Beyond the Numbers

Supporting & Educating Ontario’s Dairy Youth for 25 Years

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Superior Production 39 Pursuit of Excellence 41 Best of the Breed 42 Holstein Happenings 44 Branch News 45 Index of Advertisers 45 In Black and White 46

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EDITOR, Andrea Emond aemond@ontario.holstein.ca (519) 209-5553 DESIGN Laura Donkers AD DESIGN Jessica Willison, Laura Donkers, Leanna Lowry GENERAL MANAGER, Merina Johnston merinajohnston@ontario.holstein.ca (613) 360-0641

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Connor Halpenny CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Amanda Comfort, Angela Howard, Mary Poirier, Andrea Emond, Merina Johnston, David Joseph, Roxanne Montplaisir, Cole Verburg, Sandy O’Hara, Days Like This Photos, Stephanie Lee Photography, Pete Paterson Photography, The Bullvine, BarnGirls Photography WESTERN ONTARIO REP, Angela Howard angelahoward@ontario.holstein.ca (519) 535-7769 EAST-CENTRAL ONTARIO REP, Adrian Vander Wielen adrianvw@ontario.holstein.ca (705) 927-3701

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WEST-CENTRAL ONTARIO REP, Amanda Comfort amandacomfort@ontario.holstein.ca (519) 865-381 2019/2020 BOARD OF DIRECTORS PRESIDENT, Brad Lowry PAST PRESIDENT, Dave Johnston VICE PRESIDENT, Tara Bullock NATIONAL DIRECTOR, Dennis Werry ADDITIONAL BOARD MEMBERS Cole Verburg, Hans Pfister, James Cranston, Tom Hawman, Wilf Strenzke Reproduction, in whole or in part, of the editorial or advertising content is forbidden without the written consent of the Ontario Holstein Branch. PUBLICATIONS MAIL AGREEMENT NO. 41994024 RETURN UNDELIVERABLE CANADIAN ADDRESSES VIA DATA FILE TO: THELINK@ONTARIO.HOLSTEIN.CA

ON THE COVER: 2018 Heart of the Herd winner Hyden Blitz Pizza EX-92-6E-CAN 2* with owner and breeder Bryan Zehr of Hyden Holsteins from Milverton, Ontario. (PHOTO BY CAITEY MACLEOD - DAYS LIKE THIS PHOTOS)

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GREETINGS FELLOW HOLSTEIN BREEDERS AND ENTHUSIASTS!

I am excited to represent the Ontario Holstein membership as President for the 2019-20 year. Along with my wife Lindsay, and parents Allan and Donna, we milk 55 cows in a new robotic barn and crop approximately 650 acres outside of Almonte, Ontario in the great county of Lanark. I would like to thank my fellow Board members for having confidence in me to lead our Board this year. I have represented the Eastern district for the past six years, meeting many farmers and breeders across the region. I hope to continue meeting and connecting with as many people as possible from across Ontario and beyond in the coming year. Each breeder may set different goals; whether it is breeding the next Royal champion, achieving a Master Breeder shield, or striving for superior/longtime production goals, it is our passion for the Holstein cow brings us together. There have been many changes in the past and we are embracing more in the future of our industry. Our mission at Ontario Holstein is to provide outstanding service and exceptional opportunities to our members to ensure longevity and excellence in the Holstein breed. Our enthusiastic field reps and experienced office staff are available to provide the guidance needed to achieve our mission. I encourage all members to reach out to me at any and all events to chat about our industry or to simply say, “hi!” Sincerely, Brad Lowry

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Passionate Farmers. Prosperous Breed. Progressive Industry.

Providing outstanding service & exceptional opportunities to our members to ensure longevity and excellence in the Holstein Breed.

Passion. Integrity. Teamwork.

Youth Activities. Education. Breed Promotion. Industry Advocates.


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PHOTOS ABOVE 1. For 81 years, the Holstein Journal has been a mainstay in dairy households across the country. Dairy Farmers young and old looked forward to its arrival in their mailboxes each month and many held onto complete volumes of the magazine year after year. Last month, the Journal published its final issue. Longtime Journal editor Bonnie Cooper recently penned the following personal message to Holstein Ontario staff: “While it is sad to see the Holstein Journal close, I leave knowing I have met many amazing people and made many wonderful friends and memories in the over 45 years that I have been here. There is a saying…’Don’t cry because it is over. Smile because it happened.’ And that is going to be my mantra going forward.” Bonnie and Owner/Publisher Peter English recently attended York County’s Holstein Banquet where they were recognized for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the Holstein industry. Thank you to Bonnie and Peter, and the entire staff at the Journal for putting your heart and soul into every issue. 2. The breeders of York County paid tribute to Adrian Vander Wielen for 33 years as their Holstein Field Rep. Adrian will retire in June and has been humbled by the outpouring of support from well-wishers as he approaches this milestone. 3. At York County’s recently held banquet, a number of Veteran Breeder pins were presented. Receiving pins pictured here are John Phillips (40 years), Brian Winch (50 years), Terri Winch (50 years), Dalton Faris (presenting the pins), Bart Johnson (50 years) and Doug Johnson (50 years). YORK COUNTY BANQUET PHOTOS BY STEPHANIE LEE PHOTOGRAPHY.

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Congratulations to these Spirit of 4-H Winners, who were recently presented with a leather portfolio. The award, sponsored by the Ontario Holstein Branch, aims to recognize the outstanding contributions of 4-H members in their respective counties. 1. Haldimand-Norfolk – Rinske van der Steege; 2. Brant – Nolan Allardyce; 3. Niagara – Emma Roszell. PHOTOS SUBMITTED.

30TH ANNIVERSARY INTER-COUNTY 4-H DAIRY CATTLE JUDGING COMPETITION WEDNESDAY JULY 24, 2019 9AM • LINDSAY, ON IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE 2019 SUMMER SHOW! Open to all 4-H Dairy Members. The top 4 seniors are eligible for a 10-day, all-expenses paid trip to World Dairy Expo in Madison in October! For more details, visit www.ontario.holstein.ca/youth Thank you to our major sponsor John Deere Canada for their contribution to this great youth event!

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FARM GIRL STRONG “Farm girl strong” is the title Nicole French proudly gives herself to explain her natural affinity for – and success in – wrestling. Hailing from Peel County, she began wrestling in grade 9 at Bolton’s Humberview Secondary School and was named MVP of the high school wrestling team four years running. Nicole is now part of the Varsity Wrestling team at Brock University where she studies Kinesiology. Nicole secured a spot on Junior Team Canada and traveled to Italy and Romania where she competed and came home with a silver medal. She has also been named as a 25 Under 25 Award Winner. Congratulations to this farm girl, whose work ethic and dedication on the farm go hand-in-hand with her success in the wrestling ring! With files from Kira Wronska Dorward. For more on Nicole, visit www.inthehills.ca/2018/ wrestling-champ-nicole-french/ PHOTO BY PETE PATERSON PHOTOGRAPHY.

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2019 Open or Closed County Holstein Shows

Local county shows are a great way for Holstein breeders to compare their animals with fellow breeders in their county. However, there are shows that welcome surrounding counties to take part at their show and this chart will give you the opportunity to see what other shows exhibitors can attend. Thank you for supporting Ontario’s county shows and best of luck during the 2019 show season!

Western Ontario August 7 August 9 August 21 August 22 August 27 September 13

Middlesex - Richard Osborne Elgin - Curtis McNeil Lambton - Kevin McGriskin Oxford - John Werry Bruce-Grey - Dave Johnston Perth-Waterloo - Jeff West

Open to Huron, Essex-Kent Closed Closed Closed Open to Huron Closed

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Niagara - Glenn Barkey Closed Brant-Wentworth - Markus Hehli Open to all counties Dufferin-Wellington - Markus Hehli  Open to York, Halton, Peel, Simcoe, Perth, Grey, Waterloo, Wentworth, Huron Haldimand-Norfolk - Brent Howe Closed

East-Central Ontario August 9 August 10 August 22 August 30 September 2 September 5 September 6 September 21

Northumberland - TBD Peterborough (Ex)- Ryan Corrigan Simcoe - Stephanie Murphy Hastings (Quinte) - TBD Ontario - Steve Fraser Durham - Matt Yates Prince Edward - Dave McMorrow Victoria (Lindsay Ex) - Steve Fraser

Open to all counties Open to all counties Closed Open to all counties Closed Closed Closed Open to all counties

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Glengarry - Hugh Hunter EO Invitational - Jamie Black Prescott - Cameron MacGregor Renfrew - Stephanie Murphy Lanark (in Perth) - Dave Bergeron Stormont - Hugh Hunter Frontenac - Randy Bullock Carleton-Russell - Nathan Thompson

Closed Open to Eastern Ontario Open to former Lochiel Township Open to Pontiac County Closed Closed Closed Closed

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BREEDERS BRABANTDALE - As third time Master Breeder recipients, the Nooyen family ( John, Denise, Chris, Matt and Mike) are proud of their success and grateful to the 28 herds from across Canada who have invested in their genetics and contributed points to this shield. The Nooyens milk a total of 250 cows at two locations in Ottawa, Ontario: one is a tie-stall, and the other is a free-stall with a double-10 parlour. The farm was established almost 60 years ago by their late Oma and Opa Nooyen. Without their initial drive and passion, Brabantdale Farms Ltd. would not be where it is today. The Nooyen brothers would like to thank their parents, John and Denise, for supporting them in their dream of expanding the farm three years ago, when they purchased a neighbouring commercial dairy farm. Their wives and family deserve a huge amount of thanks, as well, for putting up with all the countless hours and blood, sweat and tears that comes with dairy farming. As well, the Nooyens thank their friends, partners, industry professionals, and employees for their passion and willingness to help, day in and day out.

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GERANN - Dawn and John Wynands, along with their sons Ryan and Mark, are proud to be receiving their first Master Breeder shield. Wynands Farms is a family farm milking 240 cows in Cardinal, Ontario, and Dawn and John are proud of their five children, all of who have studied agriculture or in an agriculture related field. Their entire family has contributed to the operation over the years and Dawn and John say they owe a lot of their success to those who have come before them. The Wynands would like to thank the Verburg Family of Roosburg Holsteins who bought 70 cows from them when rebuilding after a fire. These cows no doubt contributed many points. Wynands Farms would also like to thank their great staff for their hard work and dedication, with a special mention to former herdsperson, Grant MacDonald, who is now farming on Prince Edward Island. As for advice, John says to seek out positive people and find support, enjoy your farming community, and ensure you never lose your passion. It all comes down to loving what you do!

MARFLOACRES - Marfloacres Holsteins is home to a newly renovated tie-stall operation milking 56 cows in Mount Forest, Ontario. The farm is owned by Wayne and Karen Martin, although Wayne’s father, Floyd, often helps with fieldwork. Wayne and Karen have two young children, Dalyn and Leanna. Their new tie-stall barn allows for better ventilation and comfort for their cows. The Martins were excited to find out they were receiving their Master Breeder shield and Wayne would like to thank his father for letting them take over an amazing herd of cattle. Success was brought by immense amounts of hard work and determination followed by sound advice Wayne received from his dad. Regular visits from the classifier, breeding for good udders, dairy strength and a solid set of feet and legs are all factors that led to their success. Wayne stresses that that having a decent amount of stature in his cows is important, but most of all, they must be balanced!

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The Master Breeder Shield is the most coveted award presented annually by Holstein Canada. This year, 21 breeders from across Canada were designated with the honour, with eight of them coming from Ontario. Congratulations to the 2018 honourees!

SPRUCECHO - Gary and Debbie Oxby of Sprucecho Farms Inc. in Moorefield, Ontario, are proud to be receiving their second Master Breeder shield, after earning their first in 2002. This small, homebred herd has won a remarkable four Master Breeder shields since 1978, split evenly between the Sprucecho and Sunny Spruce prefixes, the latter of which was used by Gary’s late father, Jim. In 2016, the Oxbys held a complete herd dispersal. At that time, the farm was a tie-stall operation milking 42 cows. Although they no longer ship milk today, they are still actively cropping 150 acres and have some Holstein heifers and a small cow-calf beef operation. The Oxbys contribute their success to hard work and dedication to the excellent care of their cattle. They have greatly appreciated the help of their children and Gary’s dad Jim, as well as the parttime help they have had over the years. Their advice to others is to take advice, but develop your own path and make your own decisions. Any herd size or set up will do; don’t think there is only one way to be successful. W W W. O N TA R I O. H O L ST E I N . C A

CALBRETT - Albert Cormier of Cambridge, Ontario, is pleased to be receiving his second Master Breeder shield under the Calbrett prefix. He last had cattle in a tie-stall barn in the late 90s, but has since owned many cattle in partnerships. In fact, 80 per cent of the points toward this shield came from animals that were co-bred with partners but carried the Calbrett prefix. Many animals he sold had a great impact on the breeders that purchased them; quite often these animals went on to become foundation cows in other herds. Albert also had many bulls that entered AI. Those who know Albert well will say his success stems from the fact that he was never afraid to try new things. He’s enjoyed mentoring young people in the industry over the years as it kept him young and energized. Albert was never afraid to sell his best animals and offers this advice to others: “Go out and buy a good cow or embryos to get started right away. Don’t wait!”

WEEBERLAC - Weeberlac Holsteins is a family farm run by father and son team, Tim and Scott Groniger. They milk 32 cows in a 40 tie-stall barn on 300 acres of NCC government rented land in Carlsbad Springs, Ontario. They would like to thank their wives and Scott’s siblings who all work full-time off the farm for also contributing immensely when help is needed. Tim and Diane started the farm from scratch 30 years ago and have achieved their fair share of success in recent years. In 2017, they were named top BCA for Carleton County, and in 2018, they bred a class winner at the Red & White Holstein show at World Dairy Expo with Weeberlac Tickle Me Red. They are honoured to receive this Master Breeder shield, which has always been a goal from the very beginning of their farm. Tim and Scott believe attention to detail, consistency of routine, and cow comfort have been the keys to their success. It all starts with a strong passion for the Holstein Breed, coupled with setting realistic shortterm and long-term goals, learning from others in the industry, and regular evaluations to ensure you’re on the right path to success. Work as a team, ask questions and the results will follow!

MISTY SPRINGS - Dominique and Kathy Merminod milked 30 cows in a tie-stall barn in Little Britain, Ontario, and owned animals jointly with other breeders under their Misty Springs Holsteins Inc. As first time Master Breeders, the Merminods are most proud of the fact that anyone who has purchased animals from them has been successful. Maintaining a healthy herd, free from Leucosis, Neospora and Johnes, was always important to them. As far as advice for others, Dominique and Kathy say to be consistent in your breeding program and keep balance in mind. Don’t be afraid to seek advice from well-respected people in the industry. Most importantly, make your breeding decisions based on the type of cows you want to work with every day!

WOODBRIDGE - The Klages family is thrilled to be receiving their first Master Breeder shield. Along with his wife, Natalie McCabe, and his father, Robert Klages, both of whom contribute immensely to the success of the farm, Kevin milks 40 cows in a tie-stall barn in Neustadt, Ontario. He admits it took a long time for him to decide to take this career path and commit to farming full time and is grateful to his parents for affording him this time. His time spent relief milking for some great herds in his area (Elleeta, Hicklee, Elandee, Florbil, and Norwell) provided a great foundation for success and stirred within him a desire to develop great cows at home. He eventually took over milking duties from his father 19 years ago. Kevin is most proud of being able to work with his family and see his children grow up on the farm. Without his father initially making those first key purchases in herd dispersals and continuing to classify and milk test, this shield would not have been possible.

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Combined Component Awards 2018 For Highest Fat & Protein Total Kgs. in Ontario

BRABANTDALE JOSUPER ANOKA, owned by Brabantdale Farms Ltd., Navan Produced as 1 Year Old in 305 days 17,477 kg. Milk 778 kg. Fat 507 kg. Protein CompositeFP 1,285 BCA (Deviation) 485 (+232) Milk 576 (+303) Fat 441 (+191) Protein

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SEAVALLEY B YANTZY’S PROMISE, owned by Knollray Holsteins, Corbyville and Seavalley Holsteins, Campbellford Produced as a 2 Year Old in 305 days 19,648 kg. Milk 840 kg. Fat 646 kg. Protein CompositeFP 1,486 BCA (Deviation) 462 (+99) Milk 528 (+161) Fat 475 (+110) Protein AVONBANK LET IT SNOW TODAY, owned by Avonbank Holsteins, St. Marys Produced as a 3 Year Old in 305 days 21,285 kg. Milk 871 kg. Fat 637 kg. Protein CompositeFP 1,508 BCA (Deviation) 452 (+152) Milk 503 (+182) Fat 428 (+147) Protein JOALFARMS G W ATWOOD PLAYFULL, owned by Allan and Lorne Vis, Murillo Produced as a 4 Year Old in 305 days 18,508 kg. Milk 883 kg. Fat 640 kg. Protein CompositeFP 1,523 BCA (Deviation) 350 (+105) Milk 446 (+173) Fat 383 (+130) Protein EMBRDALE BERRY ARTIE, owned by Embrdale Farm, Norwood Produced as a 5 Year Old in 305 days 17,444 kg. Milk 1,139 kg. Fat 563 kg. Protein CompositeFP 1,1702 BCA (Deviation) 347 (+78) Milk 616 (+326) Fat 354 (+91) Protein LOCHDALE SECURE POLLY, owned by Lochdale Holsteins, Alexandria Produced as a Mature Cow in 305 days 18,471 kg. Milk 953 kg. Fat 572 kg. Protein CompositeFP 1,525 BCA (Deviation) 340 (+74) Milk 469 (+161) Fat 335 (+71) Protein

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38TH ANNUAL ONTARIO MENNONITE RELIEF SALE FEBRUARY 15, 2019, CARSON’S AUCTIONS, LISTOWEL

TOP SELLERS DYMENTHOLM JORDY APPLEPIE ...................................... $4,300

Buyer: Murrel Sauder, Wallenstein

BOSDALE H.C. LUSTRE........................................................... $4,000

Buyer: Ken Huizinga, Wainfleet

FRADON ARMY SASHA........................................................... $2,700

Buyer: Jason Caesar, Dungannon

HANALEE TAG SALE

MARCH 13-14 2019, HANALEE HOLSTEINS, EMBRO

TOP SELLERS KINGSWAY IMPRESSION JEWEL ....................................... $14,250

Buyer: Sagerbrae, Stirling, and Hidden Creek, Campbellford

KINGSWAY DOORMAN ACCURA ......................................$12,500

Buyer: Mike and Julie Duckett, WI

KINGSWAY DEMPSEY ALOHA ........................................... $12,000

Buyer: Kevin Phillips, TX

40 HEAD AVERAGE ..............................................................$6,247

119 HEAD SOLD

SPRING AHEAD INTO SPRING TAG SALE MARCH 9 2019, DONNAVILLE HOLSTEINS, LYN

TOP SELLERS SUNNYLODGE SOLOMON AMNESIA ................................$5,500

Buyer: Jared Weber Loyal, WI

HARVESTACRE LADY LUCK ................................................. $5,000

Buyer: Bryhil International Genetics, QC

AVONLEA PREMIER ANDROMEDA .................................... $3,800

Buyer: Hickoryacres Farm, Gananoque

UPCOMING SALES • EARINCLIFFE COMPLETE DISPERSAL • MAY 17, 2019 10:30 AM AT THE FARM, TOTTENHAM

• DAMEYA COMPLETE DISPERSAL • SEPTEMBER 12, 2019 AT THE FARM, GLEN ROBERTSON

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Outstanding Dairy Women’s Award AT THE BRANCH’S RECENT AGM, KAREN VELTHUIS HAD THE PLEASURE OF INTRODUCING DEB KNAPTON AS THIS YEAR’S WINNER OF THE OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD FOR DAIRY WOMEN. KAREN’S SPEECH IS PRINTED IN FULL BELOW.

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Just like all the women standing here today, and like many of the women in the audience, this lady is a volunteer of extraordinary proportions. Along with being a wife and mother, this gal milks cows, feeds calves, drives tractors, does the books and then goes to work – at the office! Back home at night, the routine in the barn starts all over again. After supper, it’s time to head to a meeting. Will it be Milk Committee, 4-H, Fair Board, Show Committee, a Delegates meeting, a Breed Association meeting, a Farm Show meeting, a Food Bank meeting, or all of the above? Many nights she is going more than one direction. She has been a secretary, treasurer, chairman, leader and a delegate. No job is too big! A natural leader who gets things done - that’s our girl! Vacations and spare time? Not in her world. A vacation means taking animals to a show and staying up all night uddering them! Another quote from the nominators: “She has earned widespread respect in the community with her involvement in many organizations. Her experience and knowledge of agricultural issues has allowed her to be a strong advocate for the dairy industry, both locally and on social media.”

her identity and because we all love surprises, I think I will introduce her to you now, and because we all love surprises, I will give you a few more details later. We first met through girls hockey, our paths crossed again with 4-H, then our girls were roommates at the University of Guelph, and now we both work on the Championship Show Committee together. Please join me in welcoming our 9th winner, all the way from beautiful downtown Lanark County, Deb Knapton!

Deb Knapton (centre) was recently named this year’s Ontario Outstanding Dairy Woman at the Branch’s AGM with husband, Merlin, at her side. On hand to congratulate her were past winners (l to r) Sandy O’Hara, Barb Fraser, Ruth Vogel, Karen Velthuis and Nancy Beerwort. PHOTO BY ANDREA EMOND.

She capitalizes on any opportunity to educate the public and the As promised, a few more details: politicians about the dairy industry. That is no small task! Back at home the herd has grown, cow-by-cow, kilogram-bykilogram. Wise investments in superior genetics and a lot of good, old-fashioned hard work have resulted in a herd that is the envy of many. 4-H calves have gone to the Classic, and of course, mom packed the show box, ironed the whites, arranged the trucking, baked some goodies, booked the rooms, and chaperoned the team – year after year after year. Another quote: “Our community and the dairy industry owe a debt of gratitude to her and honouring her with this award would give her the recognition she so richly deserves.” Absolutely right! You may have noticed that I have been very vague with details about our winner and there is a reason for that. Her situation is very unique and too many details would have been a dead giveaway about

“‘She exemplifies the spirit of this award in every way and recognition of her dedication and passion for the dairy industry is long overdue.’ This was a direct quote from one of the four people who nominated our winner, Deb Knapton, for this year’s Outstanding Service Award for Dairy Women. As I read through her extensive resume, I have to agree whole-heartedly.” - KAREN VELTHUIS

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• Deb was not originally from a farming background, though her husband, Merlin, grew up on a farm in Western Ontario. In 1989 they bought 100 acres with a house and a small barn on it. Deb is a full time OFA member Service Representative for four counties. Merlin is a Plant Manager at the Mississippi Power Corporation in Almonte. Their daughter, Ashley, works for Pioneer and their son, James, is finishing an Interior Design degree at Algonquin. They all love cows; in fact, Deb’s license plate reads “Love Cows”. • In the barn you can find 9 EX, 14 VG, 5 GP, and 2 NC cows, with an average score of 87.1 points and some with 11 generations of VG/EX. In 2003, the first quota was purchased and the farm and herd have grown and flourished. All of this long before the New Entrant Program came into being. • She is the chairperson for the Lanark Milk Committee and was previously their long-time secretary. She was a 4-H leader and the County coordinator for 19 years. They still lend out some 4-H calves to non-farm kids. Deb was a Board Member with the North Lanark Ag Society. She is a Gay Lea Foods delegate and always makes sure there is dairy in the food baskets packed by the Food Bank. She was Secretary/Treasurer for the EO/WQ Holstein Championship Show and is now a committee member. She was Secretary of the EO Quarter Horse Association and Show Manager for the American Quarter Horse Association. Energetic, dedicated, kind, passionate, well-respected, and very respectful, knowledgeable, trustworthy, and a great multi-tasker are all terms to describe this lady. Congratulations Deb! W W W. O N TA R I O. H O L ST E I N . C A


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• Ontario Holstein General Manager Merina Johnston extended her thanks to Dave as the Board President and thanked her team at the Branch, noting she was proud of what they had achieved together in 2018. She presented the Branch’s new vision took on the task of planning this year’s event and the end result did and mission statement, stating that the changes will help focus not disappoint! Guests took in a day of farm tours, a day of meetings, decision-making for the betterment of the membership. and two evenings of recognizing Master Breeders and deserving award winners from across the province. In case you missed it, we’re • Financials were presented by Vice President Brad Lowry. Overall pleased to bring you the highlights here. the Branch experienced revenues over expenses of $17,419. THIS YEAR’S AGM TOOK PLACE IN PETERBOROUGH AT THE HOLIDAY INN WATERFRONT HOTEL FROM FEBRUARY 26-28, 2019. A capable committee from the Peterborough Holstein Club

Accounting for investment income, the net income for the 2018 • Seven beautiful farms welcomed close to 500 visitors on February fiscal year was $20,978. The financial statements were accepted by 26, despite the slick conditions and frigid temperatures. These the membership. farms included Ploegsway, Lifloc, Trent Valley, Embrdale, Ronbeth, Crovalley and Extramile. Thank you to these hosts for • Holstein Canada President Harry Van der Linden and CEO Ann sharing their operations and hospitality with us! Louise Carson brought greetings from Holstein Canada. Ann Louise shared 2018 statistics vs. 2017 and was excited to introduce • The evening brought a time for socializing and honouring the best three new Holstein Canada awards being announced on their of our breed at the Awards Extravaganza. Awards were presented website as of March 1st. to All-Ontario winners, GayLea Production Winners, and last but not least, this year’s Heart of the Herd finalists and winner (Hyden Blitz Pizza EX-92-6E 2* owned by Bryan and Heidi Zehr Four resolutions were voted on by members in attendance of Milverton, Ont.) was announced. Celtic band, Hunt the Hare, and three were carried as follows: kept the crowd entertained with their lively and upbeat music. (1) Holstein Canada should find a solution to the unacceptable • At 8 a.m. the next morning, a Past Presidents breakfast was hosted problem of ear tags breaking and/or falling out. (2) Holstein by the Branch. Canada should develop an app to allow easier registration of animals. (3) The price per extended pedigree should be • A day of meetings followed on February 27, with Ontario Holstein discounted for bulk orders for Holstein Canada Members, President Dave Johnston opening the meeting and welcoming with a bulk order of 30 pedigrees or more, the price be everyone. Dave thanked a long list of individuals, including his reduced from $10 per pedigree to $5 per pedigree. wife, Christine, and their kids, for all of the support received at home while he was performing his presidential duties in 2018. 4

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“Do everything with purpose and passion; take pride in the process; place high value on perseverance and preparation. If you do all of this, you will feel success on a very personal level.”

• A highlight of the day for many was listening to guest speaker and Olympian Michelle Toro share her experiences about her journey to the Olympics. In 2016, Michelle won a bronze medal in Rio as part of the women’s 4 x 100 m freestyle relay. Michelle’s key - MICHELLE TORO, RIO 2016 OLYMPIAN message focused on the importance of defining success on your own terms. She told the story of how she swam a lifetime best during the freestyle relay heat to help earn her team a spot in the • Sandy O’Hara was presented with a Past President’s pin. Dave finals, only to find out moments later that she would not be part Johnston was presented with a hand-painted magazine rack to of the team to swim the final race. While Michelle admits she thank him for serving as the Board’s President in 2018. spent about an hour under a stairwell letting the devastating news • More celebrating followed later that evening when Ontario’s sink in, she pulled it together, traveled with the team to the event, 2018 Master Breeders were recognized at EastGen’s Evening and was the first to congratulate them on their win. A win that, of Excellence. Nine Master Breeders from across the province several months after the fact, she finally allowed herself to feel were feted during an evening that included a roast beef dinner was hers to celebrate. Michelle’s final words were, “Do everything and a slideshow presentation paying tribute to each of the farms. with purpose and passion; take pride in the process; place high The evening was capped off by a fun auction raising over $8,000 value on perseverance and preparation. If you do all of this, you for the Ontario Dairy Youth Trust Fund. The top-selling items will feel success on a very personal level.” included tickets to a Leaf’s game and a weekend stay at Gerald and • The 2018 Dairy Youth Award Winners were on hand to share Marguerite Nyman’s cottage in Prince Edward County. 9

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ne would be hard-pressed these days to claim they haven’t heard the name Walnutlawn or the storied tale of the Zehr family’s leap of faith into the genomics game. This 70-cow herd from Tavistock, Ontario has turned out a surprising number of high genomic animals in the past eight years since purchasing gamechanger Misty Springs Lavanguard Sue VG-89-4YR-CAN 12* in 2011 from Dominique and Kathy Merminod of Misty Springs Holsteins in Little Britain, Ontario. The Zehr family achieved fame and fulfilled a lifetime goal when they put several of Sue’s offspring into A.I., including big-time names like Solomon and Sidekick. But perhaps most importantly, they’ve remained grounded, have held true to their values and continue to enjoy what they’re doing at every step along the way. Adam Zehr is the first to admit he was a skeptic when it came to genomics. “I thought it was just a big scam; it seemed ridiculous!” says the 35-year-old who represents the third generation at Walnutlawn Farms in Tavistock, Ontario. Then, in 2010, letting his curiosity get the best of him and having nothing to lose, he decided to genomic test six young Goldwyn daughters from one of the farm’s best cows and 2014 Cow of the Year finalist, Walnutlawn Gibson Jessica EX94-4E-CAN 9*.

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“We tested all six of Jessica’s Goldwyn daughters to compare how they ranked compared to each other,” he says. When they calved in as 2-year-olds, the one that had tested highest for conformation was indeed the highest-scoring cow of the bunch at VG-88 2yr. The other five cows fell right where their genomic tests indicated they would, including one at the bottom of the group that ended up being really low for fat. “At that point, we thought, ‘there’s something to these genomic numbers,’” says Adam. “‘Maybe we should do some more testing!’” Adam and his late father, Burnell, became quick converts to the genomics game, and it wasn’t long before they were on the hunt for a deep-pedigreed, high-tested cow that would yield them the type of offspring any great cow person would be proud to have in their barn. Being able to get a bull or two out of the deal to put into A.I. would make things that much sweeter. After some careful research – and a series of events that worked in their favour – the Zehrs found their front-runner in Misty Springs Lavanguard Sue VG-89-4YR-CAN 12*, a fresh 2-year-old they were serious about purchasing at the 2011 Sale of Stars. Sue was slated to be part of the highly anticipated sale, but was pulled by her owners who feared she wouldn’t be quite ready come sale time. Instead, the Zehrs ended up purchasing her privately from Misty Springs. W W W. O N TA R I O. H O L ST E I N . C A


Sue proved a wise acquisition from the start. In early January, just a few months after coming to live at Walnutlawn, she went 88-points. In April, she became the #1 cow in Canada for conformation and held that title for the remainder of the year. “To be honest, we were actually shocked at how marketable she was,” Adam says. “Every embryo you’d make, you could sell, but we attempted to make 2-3 pregnancies from each flush and sell the remaining embryos.” Sue has 6 Excellent, 11 Very Good and 1 Good Plus daughters to date, the most notable of which is Walnutlawn McCutchen Summer EX-94-4YR-USA 3*, now owned by Avant-Garde Group of Dundas, Ontario. Another daughter, Misty Springs Seagual Sunset is scored EX-93-2E and owned by Ardross Holsteins of Caledonia, Ontario. Through Sue, the Zehrs were able to realize their longtime goal of placing a bull into A.I. Four of Sue’s sons and multiple grandsons and great-grandsons have been sold to various studs since 2013, the most famous of which to date is Walnutlawn Solomon. Tens of thousands of doses of Solomon have been sold globally, according to Semex. Though he died in April 2018, breeders worldwide will appreciate his high-type daughters for years to come. Currently, Walnutlawn Sidekick is upand-coming, and in Adam’s eyes, he’s the best bull they’ve ever bred. Sue died in 2016, but will forever be known at Walnutlawn as the cow that put them on the genomics map. “I owe a lot to my parents,” says Adam. “They let me run with it. They gave me the financial support and they trusted me to go at this.” It should be noted that the Zehr’s success didn’t just happen. Adam did an incredible amount of reading to gain information and spent countless hours researching bulls on the Canadian Dairy Network’s website. He used these resources combined to come up with his own formula for success. “We were learning as we went,” he says. “We would do things again because they worked the first time.” That’s not to say that a certain level of luck was involved in that very first purchase. The year after buying Sue, the Zehrs also acquired Sandy-Valley Atwd Brady-ET EX-90-5YR from Sandy-Valley Farms in Wisconsin, and a year after that, Freurehaven FGS Laura EX92-5YR-CAN 1* from Freurehaven Farms in Wellandport, Ontario. Though they’ve enjoyed a level of success with these cows, Sue remains the headliner. “You can have the right cow, but you’ve got to have things fall your way, too,” Adam says. “The cow has to flush well.”

FARM, FAMILY & THE FUTURE Adam’s grandfather started the farm in 1957 and his parents, Burnell and Darlene, took over in 1992. Adam had always been involved growing up, and when he married his wife Bethany in 2006, the next logical step was to become a partner in the operation. Walnutlawn has long been a family affair, and a day rarely passes without Adam and Bethany’s kids, Blake (12), Reegan (9) and Easton (6), making their respective appearances to feed calves or bed cows. Though Burnell passed away in late 2017 after a five-year battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease) and is sorely missed, Darlene remains a shareholder and Adam still involves her in any major decision-making on the farm. Bethany is just starting to take over the books, and when she’s not busy with the kids, she spends her time volunteering on various committees at their school and at church. Fulltime herdsman, Cody Oughtred was hired on in December 2015 and is an integral part of day-to-day operations at Walnutlawn. The farm itself is a beauty, and even on the coldest of January days, time has been taken to lay down shavings and prepare the cows. Without question, attention to detail is a mainstay here. 2

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“We have a strong Christian faith and believe when you’re on earth, you should enjoy every day and enjoy what you do.” - ADAM ZEHR the herd from its current 70 to around 40 milking cows. Now he’s thinking more about the next generation and what they will need in order to farm comfortably. To that end, he plans to embark on construction of a free-stall barn this spring to accommodate 110 cows on sand bedding, milking with two Lely A5 robots. The expansion will be better for the cows, Adam believes, and provide his family with more flexibility to enjoy sports such as hockey and soccer that aren’t always conducive to traditional milking schedules. Some may regard the decision as ‘spur of the moment’, but as Adam explains, it’s quite the opposite. A solo drive home last summer from a cottage in Bobcaygeon to rush back to the farm was Adam’s “a-ha” moment. When Bethany returned with the kids a few days later, she and Adam had an important discussion ahead of them. Shortly thereafter, Adam went to see Larry Krantz’s new barn and

chat with him. The next day, he called a builder. “There was no scenario we put together that pointed to waiting as being the better option,” Adam explains. Prior to Burnell’s passing, Adam had discussed the idea of robots with him and he was on board. But they both felt it made the most sense to wait until the kids were older and could decide if they wanted to be involved before moving forward. All that changed, however, after Burnell was gone. “Him and I were always really close,” says Adam. He goes on to describe a special moment they shared during Burnell’s final visit to the farm, Burnell is in his wheelchair, the two of them going through the barn, talking cows like always. “We have a strong Christian faith and believe when you’re on earth, you should enjoy every day and enjoy what you do,” says Adam. “With dad’s passing, that hits home now every day.”

ON JULY 20TH! Pique-nique

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during the HolsteinQuébec at Nieuwenhof & Associates (LARELEVE)

8020, chemin Dundee centre, Dundee (Québec) J0S 1L0 2019 Master breeder herd, highest producing free-stall herd in Quebec 1.6 kg of fat/cow/day annually on Lactascan tool!

Herd Class.: 13 EX · 56 VG · 58 GP · 3 G | Prod. 2018 : 14,954 kg 3.8%F 3.2%P (335-346-336)

Program sponsored by

10:00 am Welcoming remarks, start of the Macleod Contest and Sandcastle Contest 1:00 pm Presentation of the host family and the Lareleve herd 2:00 pm Georges R. Gladu Showmanship competition 5:00 pm Cocktail and BBQ with Mojito Band 7:00 pm Pig Roast animated by DjFritz 10:00 pm Fireworks, dance and music with 4 Banger and DjFritz

And many more activities : Century Tag Sale, Food trucks, Booths, Inflatable games, Corn Maze, Sandbox, Volleyball tournament, Photobooth, Relaxation zone For more information visit: | Lareleve Holsteins or www.holsteinquebec.com

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2018 WINNERS BY COUNTY COUNTY

BRANT-WENTWORTH BRUCE CARLETON-RUSSELL COCHRANE-TIMISKAMING

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HARTHAVEN KB JOLLY TOYSTORY EX-92-5E Harthaven Farms Inc

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WELOVALE MODEST HALO EX-90-7E Welovale Farms

RCAT DUPLEX JESSICA EX-91-4E Ridgetown College Of Agricultural Tech

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SUNREST GOLDWYN QUANTUM EX-91-6E Sunrest Farm

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DAMEYA PARTISAN JUNGLE RED EX-92-6E Dameya Holsteins

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Animals meeting the below minimum requirements are assigned points as per the formula, with the top number of points awarded being declared the winner. 1. Must be classified 85 or higher. 2. Must have produced at least 60,000kg lifetime. 3. Must be alive in the year of competition (determined by lactations and/or calvings occurring in the year in question).

FORMULA: • Classification: 5 points awarded for scoring 85, with 1 point added for every point above 85, and 1 point added for every ME. • Longtime Production: 6 points awarded to a cow that has 60,000kg, one extra point awarded for every 10,000kg over 60,000kg. • Lactations: awarded 1 point per lactation. • Superior Lactations & Progeny: awarded 1 point per superior lactation and 1 point for every son/daughter that has scored VG/EX, to a combined cap of 10 points. • All-Ontario: 1 point for every All-Ontario nomination in milking form. Tie-Breaker: Most kgs. Lifetime Butterfat. W W W. O N TA R I O. H O L ST E I N . C A

MISTYGLEN CHICO MERCHANT EX-91-4E Misty Glen Farms Ltd

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TEM-NORTH GOLDWYN JELLY EX-90-5E Tem-North Farms KENTVILLE FREMONT ROCKSTAR EX-94-3E Kentville Holsteins

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HICKLEE DUNDEE GLOW EX-93-8E Cameron Hickling ALEXERIN AEROLINE 683 EX-90-3E Alexerin Dairy Inc

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DON-MAIR OUTSIDE ODETTE EX-93-6E Don-Mair Farms

GLENWIN LHEROS CARNAVALE EX-90-4E Patti Alsop ARDROSS RAZZLE EX-91-5E Ardross Holsteins APPLEVUE SHOTTLE PERLA EX-90-6E Applevue Farm

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RICHLAND TITANIC CALI EX-92-5E Richland Holsteins

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BREEZY TOYSTORY L660 EX-91-6E Haag Farms Inc

LAMBTON LANARK LEEDS-GRENVILLE

HILLSETT MAPLE SUGAR 244 EX-90-4E Hillsett Farms PENLOW GERI DAMION EX-93-5E Penlow Farms MAPLE-AIN GOLDWYN FRANCY EX-94-6E Maple-Ain Holsteins

LENNOX & ADDINGTON

POPLARDELL FORTUNE HALLTREE EX-92-6E W. Bruce Caughey

MANITOULIN-SUDBURY

CASCADES LYSANDER HENRIO VG-85 Ferme Cascade (Seguin) Inc

MIDDLESEX NIAGARA NORTHUMBERLAND ONTARIO OXFORD PERTH PETERBOROUGH PRESCOTT PRINCE EDWARD RENFREW SIMCOE SLATE RIVER-THUNDER BAY STORMONT VICTORIA WATERLOO WELLINGTON YORK

CAVANALECK DUCHESS JARDINE EX-93-6E Cavanaleck Farms Ltd ABBYLAYNE GOLDWYN TASHA EX-93-4E Albert Fledderus KINGSWAY DUNDEE DELI EX-94-7E Kingsway Farms HIGH POINT ROXIE FLASH EX-94-7E High Point Farms LEMLAR OUTSIDE DORA EX-90-7E Lemlar Farms Ltd HYDEN BLITZ PIZZA EX-92-6E Hyden Holsteins RONBETH STORMATIC DOLL EX-92-8E Ronbeth Holsteins YORELLEA CHAMPION COCONUT EX-90-3E Yorellea Farms MAYPULAYN MANIFOLD LESLIE EX-90-2E Maypulayn Farms ACRESGLENN GOLDWYN AMANDA EX-92-7E Glenn Acres Farm RADOMERE LEE HAZEL EX-90-2E Raymond Klein Gebbinck THUNDEROAK M LEADER BRENDA 2 EX-92-5E Thunder Oak Farm MURRAYHOLM GOLDWYN TANIA EX-91-4E Murrayholm Farms Inc MILLEN LOMAX ROSIE EX-93-4E Millen Farms NITH CREST GOLDWYN ANASTASIA EX-91-4E Nith Crest Farms Limited CANHOPE OUTSIDE BRENDA EX-91-9E Ron Canning DANDYLAND GIBSON LARINDA EX-91-6E Dandyland Farm THE

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HYDEN BLITZ PIZZA EX-92-6E-CAN 2* • • • •

9 Lactations at 13 Yrs. Old 175,190 Kgs. Lifetime Milk Lifetime BCA 334 305 298 Lifetime Devs. +65 Milk, +27 Fat, +33 Protein

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RONBETH HOLSTEINS, HASTINGS • 3x Master Breeder Herd • 35 Kgs. Avg. – BCA 223 249 224 • 18ME 13EX 25VG

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ALEXERIN DAIRY INC., MANOTICK • 170 Milking, 340 Head Total • Average Kgs. of Milk - 13,095 • BCA 289 298 282

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Q&A WITH BONNIE COOPER BY ANDREA EMOND

CLASSY, SINCERE AND FULL OF INTEGRITY – ALL TERMS THAT DESCRIBE LONGSTANDING HOLSTEIN JOURNAL EDITOR BONNIE COOPER. BONNIE HAS ENTERTAINED READERS WITH HER ENGAGING STYLE AND DEEP APPRECIATION FOR COW FAMILIES AND THEIR BREEDERS FOR OVER FOUR DECADES. WHEN THE JOURNAL PUBLISHED ITS FINAL EDITION LAST MONTH, BONNIE’S OFFICIAL DUTIES AS ITS EDITOR CAME TO AN END. BUT AS YOU’LL READ BELOW, HER WORK IS FAR FROM FINISHED. How did you get started at the Journal?

I grew up on a registered Holstein farm near Madison, Wisconsin, and later went to study at the University of Wisconsin to get my degree in Ag Journalism. When I was getting ready to graduate, I was looking for a job. I contacted the Holstein World, but they weren’t hiring at the time. They told me about a gentleman who was planning to retire from the Canadian breed magazine. I mailed in an application to Hugh Colson, the Editor of Holstein Journal. A few weeks later, on the same day I was leaving for a trip to tour Canadian farms through the University of Wisconsin, I got a letter inviting me up for an interview. I had never even been to Canada before that! I flew up a few weeks after my initial trip for an interview and was offered the job of Associate Editor.

was the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto, two weeks after I started. I think Peter English or Bruce Murchison came with me to show me the ropes and introduce me to people. Since we were the official publication of Holstein Canada at the time – and up until 1990 – we used to be the only media invited in to cover their board and committee meetings. That really got me interested in the industry and its politics.

From there, it expanded into attending and writing about sales, working on the All-Canadian contest, attending industry meetings, and going out to do farm visits. We did a lot of county herd stories back then, too. You’d go into a county and do four or five visits in a day. You’d be at each farm for an hour or an hour and a half, come I maybe knew two or three Canadians at that point and had no back to the office and write the thing. Man, how did we do that?! family here. It was scary! Initially I thought I was only going to stay Now, you go in and spend two to three hours at each farm! a few years, but I plainly remember, sitting on an airplane five years in, coming back to Toronto after visiting family in Wisconsin and How have things changed since those early days? Before tape recorders, you’d visit a farmer, take manual notes, then thinking, ‘I’m not going back.’ come back to the office and type up the story on your typewriter. Tell me about your first assignment?

Technology in publishing has changed so much! When I came on in Back then, we used to write a lot of stories on production 1973, the Journal was in the process of switching from letterpress achievements and that’s the first thing I remember working on. We to offset printing. In 1987 we moved to desktop publishing and would cover the big producers, the top lifetime production animals, installed a Macintosh computer system to bring all our typesetting and Holstein Canada would supply us with the lists. My first show and layout functions in-house.

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Over the years, my role has evolved to being strictly editorial. In 1975, Hugh Colson named me as the Editor. Selling ads was never my thing; I couldn’t sell a candy bar! In more recent years, I’ve gone back to proofreading ads for the guys.

because in farm families, the wife is so vitally involved, especially today. Back in the 1970s, the wife was there, but she didn’t always sit in on the interview. Nowadays, it’s all about family farms – women are so involved!

The Holstein Journal has always been privately owned and managed. Back in 1938 when the Journal first started, it was the official publication of Holstein Canada. It remained so until March of 1990. Peter English, the Journal’s present owner and publisher who has been with the magazine since 1967, acquired sole ownership of the Journal in 1991. We’ve only had two editors in the magazine’s 81year run.

I’ve always felt so welcomed. There were never any prejudices and I never got any backlash because I was a woman. I was always very well-accepted.

In my second year of Ag Journalism at University, I wanted to switch to Dairy Science. When I talked to the Dairy Science Department Chairman, he discouraged me and wanted me to go over to the Home Economics Department instead. When I was young, it wasn’t really acceptable for girls to go back to the family farm. The only What is it that’s kept you there all these years? I’ve worked with some great people and I enjoy what I do. I love way I could stay in Agriculture was to write about it. So I did what going to shows, love going out to do herd visits and love following other girls my age did: I found other ways to stay involved. the politics of it. One of my fondest memories goes back to 1984 when we did a special edition of the Journal called Century of Achievement, in honour of Holstein Canada’s 100th anniversary. When I came to Canada, I didn’t know anything about Canadian Holsteins. When I did Century of Achievement, I read all the back issues of the Journal and went through a lot of Annual Meeting Reports. It gave me a really good feel for Canadian Holsteins. It gave me such an appreciation for the history, the people, and how they had got there. It was the best education I could have ever had! I have great respect for Canadian Holstein breeders. I love them, love their passion and dedication. It’s been a great experience to work with them and be able to share their stories. I’ve also worked with great owners and staff. The Journal has been a team effort; I didn’t do it alone. I wrote the editorial but I didn’t always have the ideas. We worked together to put out a first-class magazine. We have a big Journal family made up of a variety of people who have worked for us. They’re all part of our story.

You’ve done countless breeder interviews over the years. How did you prepare for them?

I’d do as much research as I could. I’d pull old ads, bring up Master Breeder stories, and of course, back then this was all manual. We did all these stories on top production cows and we always kept all those sheets. I’d look through the sheets and find out if the breeder owned one of those top cows. After that research, I’d draw up a set of questions. I always had a set group of questions that I’d expand on, depending on who the person was. When computers came along, I could go to Holstein Canada to pull up pedigrees and later I was able to Google their name or check their Facebook page and find out as much as I could. I would also read previous stories written on the family to gain as much background as possible.

1. Bonnie in the Holstein Journal office during her first year on the job in 1973 2. Bonnie is famous for her baking. She’s seen here, sharing it at the Royal with

former Eastern Field Rep, Kris MacLeod, and TD Classic Volunteer, Brian Slaughter. 3. At the 1987 West-Central Ontario Championship Show in Erin, Bonnie presented the Holstein Journal banners for Premier Breeder and Exhibitor to Walkerbrae Holsteins (l to r) Brent, Scott and Jim Walker, and Judge Glen McNeil.

What are some of the challenges you’ve faced over the years?

When I started, I was among the first females that were getting jobs in an industry that had previously been held by men. I started at the Journal in 1973, the same year that Patty Jones started in the photography business. Other people talk about facing obstacles as females in a male-dominated industry. But that’s one thing I’ve never found in the Ag business. And I think that’s

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1. One of the first shows Bonnie

covered was the 1973 Atlantic Winter Fair in Halifax, N.S., where she is seen, from left, with Judge Orton Eby, and showmen Peter Dickie and Walter Smith. 2. Bonnie in her Journal office in 2004 1 Are there any particular interviews that really stand out?

I’ve done so many. And I’ve done them over so many years. They were all great in their own ways. People have been so open with me, sharing their lives, stories and opinions. I’ve met some wonderful, wonderful people. They’ve shared meals with me, cups of coffee, some of them have even said to me at the end of the interview, ‘jump in the truck, I’d like to show you around the place.’ Whether it’s been the big name breeders to those just getting started, I’ve enjoyed them all. A lot of us were saddened to hear the news of the Journal closing. How are you feeling? Did you know changes were coming?

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We’re going to see fewer publications; we have to. We’re already seeing that. And more will be digital. The only thing I fear is when things are on the computer, they’re gone so quickly. I am afraid that when you lose some of that print material, you’ll lose some of that history, too. And maybe some of the personal side of the business. What will your life look like post-Journal?

I’m a dual citizen and although my family would love to have me come back, Canada is going to be my home. It has been for most of my life! I love the people; they’ve become my family.

I kind of knew that it was heading that way. I’ve known since last I hope to stay involved in the dairy cattle business and perhaps do July so I’ve had some time to get my head around it. It’s still sad to some freelance work. I’d like to get more involved in some of the Ag see it end. The magazine has a great history and legacy. organizations. I want the Holstein industry to still be part of my life. When the Journal first started, George Clemons commented that I’ve worked so much, you don’t think much beyond that. I work a it should ‘reflect the pulse of the industry.’ And I think that’s what lot; twelve-hour days are pretty common for me. In the fall, there’s a we’ve tried to do - reflect what’s happening. We didn’t try to do a lot of weekend work. I don’t have children, I was never married, and lot of other things. Our goal was to provide the news as accurately as a friend recently remarked to Peter and me, the Journal has been as we could, with a lot of integrity. That was always very important. our life, our child. That’s why it’s going to be hard to walk away from Attention to detail and accuracy was always a mandate around it. Not having families, we could commit so much time to it. We did here and I think we’ve accomplished that. Fake news? That doesn’t it because we loved it. If you love something, you do it. happen here! We let the facts speak for themselves.

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2019 COMPETITION GUIDELINES This competition is effective for the 2019 Show Season and is open for members of Ontario exclusively. Animal must be a Registered Holstein, 75% purity or higher. To be eligible, animals must achieve at minimal one (1) of the qualifying show placings (as outlined below) while owned by or in partnership with an Ontario member. Qualifying show placings include the following: • First (1) or second (2) prize at an Ontario County Show OR • Top five (5) at an Ontario Regional Show, including Ontario Spring Discovery, Maxville Holstein Show, Ontario Summer Show, EOWQ Championship Show, and Autumn Opportunity OR • Have been in top eight (8) Ontario-owned placings at the 2019 Black & White Holstein Show or Red & White Holstein Show at the Royal Winter Fair. Only one entry for Junior Breeder’s Herd per exhibitor. Multiple entries per exhibitor may be submitted for Breeder’s Herd, but each herd must be comprised of three (3) separate animals and must qualify separately as per the requirements above. In the Breeder’s Herd and Junior Herd classes, only one substitute will be allowed per herd. Senior animals (cow classes) must qualify while in milking form, including Milking Yearlings, and only show placings while in milking form will be considered relevant. Summer calves may qualify via a Junior Calf Class, but only if a Summer Calf Class is not available at the qualifying show. Production cows may qualify via a Mature Cow Class, but only if a Production Class is not available AND Production Qualifications of 60,000 KGs are met at the qualifying show. *Placings at shows outside of Ontario must be provided, but are not considered qualifying shows.

RED & WHITE CLASSES

• Animal must have been shown at any two (2) recognized Branch Holstein shows to qualify for entry.

4-H CLASSES

• You must be a member of a 4-H Dairy Calf Club. • You must have shown your project at your club achievement day • 4-H Members must lead their own calf in at least two (2) Ontario Holstein Branch recognized shows but the animal need only qualify in one (1) show to be eligible • Entry form must show calf’s actual placing in the class as well as 4-H placing in the class • Have been 1st or 2nd 4-H Calf (in its class) at an Ontario Holstein Branch county or regional show. • Have been 1st, 2nd or 3rd 4-H Holstein Calf at Ontario Summer Show, EOWQ Championship Show, Autumn Opportunity Show, Maxville Holstein Show or an Official 4-H Show with 75 or more 4-H members participating in the show. The date and location of these 4-H shows needs to be at the Ontario Holstein Branch office prior to the show date and a complete marked catalogue must be sent to the Branch office no later than 15 days after the shows. • Have been in the top eight (8) Ontario owned 4-H placings in the Holstein 2019 RAWF Show OR 2019 TD Canadian 4-H Dairy Classic. • All-Ontario 4-H entries require a separate entry form and photo, listing only those shows where the 4-H member led his/her own calf.

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Animal must be owned and led by a registered Junior member, or an individual under the age of 25. Animal must have placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd at the Junior All-Ontario Show or must have placed in the top 2 (two) Junior All-Ontario Owned at any recognized Ontario Holstein Branch Show • Junior All-Ontario entries require a separate entry form and photo, listing only those shows where the Junior member led his/her own calf.

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1. Summer Calf - born on or after Jun. 1, ’19 2. Junior Calf - born Mar. 1 ‘19 - May 31, ‘19 3. Int. Calf - born Dec. 1, ’18 - Feb. 28, ’19 4. Senior Calf - born Sept. 1, ’18 - Nov. 30, ’18 5. Summer Yrling - born June 1, ’18 - Aug. 31, ’18 6. Junior Yrling - born Mar. 1, ’18 - May 31, ’18 7. Intermediate Yrling - born Dec. 1, ’17 - Feb. 29, ’18 8. Senior Yrling, non-milking - born Sept. 1, ’17 - Nov. 30, ’17 9. Junior Breeder’s Herd, 3 animals bred by exhibitor 10. Milking Yrling - born Sept.1, ’17, to Feb. 28, ’18 11. Junior 2-year-old - born Mar. 1, ’17 - Aug. 31, ’17 12. Senior 2-year-old - born Sept. 1, ’16 - Feb. 28, ’17 13. Junior 3-year-old - born March 1, ’16 - Aug. 31, ’16 14. Senior 3-year-old - born Sept. 1, ’15 - Feb. 28, ’16 15. 4-year-old - born Sept. 1, ’14 - Aug. 31, ’15 16. 5-year-old - born Sept. 1, ’13 - Aug. 31, ’14 17. Mature Cow - born prior to Sept. 1, ’14 18. Longtime Production Cow - must have made 60,000 Kgs by show time 19. Breeder’s Herd, 3 animals bred by exhibitor 20. Junior 4-H Calf - born after Mar. 1, ’19 21. Intermediate 4-H Calf - born Dec. 1, ’18 - Feb. 28, ’19 22. Senior 4-H Calf - born Sept. 1, ’18 - Nov. 30, ’18 23. Summer Yrling 4-H Calf - born June 1, ’18 - Aug. 31, ’18 24. Junior Yrling 4-H Calf - born Mar. 1, ’18 - May 31, ’18 25. Junior All-Ontario animal - Junior Calf to Senior Calf 26. Junior All-Ontario animal - Summer Yrling to Senior Yrling 27. Red & White Calf - born Sept. 1, ’18 - Aug. 31, ’19 28. Red & White Yrling non-milking - born Sept. 1 ’17 - Aug. 31, ’18 29. Red & White Junior Cow - born Sept. 1 ’15 - Feb. 29 ’18 30. Red & White Senior Cow - born prior to Sept. 1, 2015

ENTRIES Owners must submit an official entry via Assist Expo for each animal they wish to enter. Go to https://www.assistexpo.ca/all-ontario-holstein-competition to enter by November 16, 2019. Note: Each entry for each class requires a photo (see photo requirements below). A fee of $50 per entry ($25 for 4-H and Junior All-Ontario) applies and can be used towards an ad in The Link. ENTRY DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 16, 2019. For Further Information contact: Ontario Holstein Branch 519-653-6180 www.ontario.holstein.ca/awards/allontario.

PHOTO REQUIREMENTS Your entry must be accompanied by a professionally-taken 5x7 side-shot photo taken in the current show season. Photos must show the stage of lactation the cow was in when she competed. A Senior Yearling may be entered in both the milking & non-milking class but a picture must be provided in both milking and non-milking form. Exhibitors must submit three (3) individual pictures of the members of your Breeder’s Herd and Junior Breeder’s Herd. Group shots will not be accepted. Digitally manipulated photos will not be accepted.

SELECTION All qualifying entries received by the deadline will be submitted to a panel of 18 judges who will place their top six in each category. Points will be assigned as follows: 1st (9 points), 2nd (6 points), 3rd (4 points), 4th (3 points), 5th (2 points), and 6th (1 point). Judges with qualifying entries in the class are blocked from voting on that class. Additionally, 12 randomly-selected voting results will be compiled from the 18 sets of results to determine the All-Ontario winner for each class. Top placing animals will be recognized as All-Ontario, Reserve All-Ontario, and Honourable Mention All-Ontario respectively, followed by 3 nominated animals (4 in the case of a tie). Prior to voting, an effort will be made to allow each entrant 24 hours to review the accuracy of their entry via a live link, as well as view others in the class. Entrants will be notified of the final results via email. Results will be published in the Winter 2020 issue of The Link Magazine. Presentation of awards will be made at the Ontario Holstein Branch Annual Meeting in Feb. 2020. Results will not be considered official and cannot be published by any other company until after presentations are made. THE

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Supporting & Educating Ontario’s Dairy Youth for 25 Years!

A Message from the Chairman

If there’s one thing Chairman Ken Empey would like people to know about the Ontario Dairy Youth Trust Fund, it’s how many people the charitable organization has impacted over the years and just how much has been expended to help the youth of the industry. The latter number ($866,000) is easily presented, thanks to Mary Poirier, who has acted as the Trust Fund’s capable Treasurer for 25 years and Secretary since 2006. Every donation, whether made in the name of a loved one, or given generously as one’s charitable organization of choice, is appreciated; a special thanks goes to those who consistently contribute to the fund annually. Every dollar donated makes it possible for the Trust Fund to support youth programs. Just how many youth have benefited over the years is harder to pinpoint, and with good reason.

the original founding members, and the nine trustees who currently sit on the Board, he’s excited about what’s in store for the future. “We need to build on what the founding members worked so hard to get started. We need to continue making people aware of all the good things the Trust Fund does. The Trustees are committed to the development of programs and events that educate, encourage and assist the young people who are the future of our industry. Original Trustees were Bill Dobbin, Brian Coleman, Ken Empey, Paul Larmer and Bertram Stewart.

Current Trustees: Ken Empey (Chair), John Buckley, Brian Coleman, Lowell Lindsay, Phyllis MacMaster, Allan Miller, Heather Parkin, Each year, the Trust Fund sponsors the Inter-County Dairy Judging Murray Reissner and Karen Velthuis. Competition as well as all four Junior shows held across the province. It provides funding by way of scholarships to eight deserving youth 1 3 pursuing their post-secondary education. The Trust Fund supports such programs as Dairy Sen$e, European Young Breeders School, Holstein Canada’s Young Leaders Program, Junior All-Ontario Show and sends a team to Madison each year to take in World Dairy Expo. The Trust Fund makes grants available for a variety of groups, programs and college and university dairy events. In short, countless youth have benefited from its existence. “At the start, we had very, very little money,” says Empey. “As we kept working to get sponsors, more money came in and we were able to expand what we funded. It’s getting close to a million now.” The Trust Fund’s mandate has always been to help develop dairy youth. Ken is proud of the Trust Fund’s ability to fulfill that mandate and notes how proud it makes him to see how many have gone on to be great leaders in their communities. “I do believe we’ve done good things for the youth of this industry.”

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“I do believe we’ve done good things for the youth of this industry.” - KEN EMPEY, ONTARIO DAIRY YOUTH TRUST FUND CHAIR

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The Trust Fund sponsored the Inter-County Judging Competition that I attended at Vanhavens back in the 90s. It was a great experience! I was selected to go to Madison as part of the Judging Team and it gave me so much confidence. My teammates that year were Mike West, Chris Kyle and Robert Velthuis. It was a lot of fun! Since then, I’ve also judged at World Dairy Expo and am honoured to be judging the Black and White Show at the Royal this year.

When I judged the Showmanship at the TD Canadian 4-H Dairy Classic at the Royal a few years back, Mike West was my Associate Judge. We had fun being out there together, reminiscing about our trip years earlier. You really do make those connections for life! Without the Trust Fund, there wouldn’t be these opportunities. That money goes towards things you never forget. 4

I was lucky enough to be a Trust Fund scholarship recipient and also participated in Dairy Sen$e in 2012 and went to World Dairy Expo in 2014 after competing at Inter-County. I attended the University of Guelph and the Trust Fund enabled me to fund some of my education. School is expensive and every bit helps! Dairy Sen$e was one of the best opportunities for someone looking to go into the industry or home to farm. There are few programs before that where you actually look at the dollars and cents. Madison was awesome! My teammates were Chantal Stoop, Courtney Ray and Ava Doner and we ended up third place team overall. It was really great to be able to spend time with Bert and Murray and learn so much from them on judging. I had participated at Inter-County since I was 12, and attending each year made me a lot better at giving reasons. It was a great opportunity to prepare to judge in the future. I’m grateful for the Trust Fund and all of the opportunities it affords young people. It’s such a worthwhile organization and through the various programs it supports, it helps make us very well-rounded individuals.

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The Trustees thank you for your support over the years. We are grateful to everyone who has contributed to helping to make a difference in the lives of our dairy youth for years to come! WE HOPE YOU CONSIDER MAKING THIS YOUR CHARITY OF CHOICE

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Farming comes Full-Circle for Rinske van der Steege

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RINSKE VAN DER STEEGE FINALLY FEELS LIKE SHE’S FOUND HER PLACE IN THE WORLD. THE 19-YEAR-OLD CAME TO CANADA AS A TODDLER, AND FOR AS LONG AS SHE CAN REMEMBER, COWS HAVE BEEN HER LIFE. And that seemed completely normal for the

daughter of dairy farmers from Friesland (Holland’s most northerly province) who, in 2001, packed up their lives to come farm here. But as she soon found out, she was different than others in her class, and that made for a difficult time growing up. “I had a hard time in elementary school,” says Rinske. “I really enjoyed my cows. A lot of folks in my class never got that. I was always hanging out with the guys.”

Participating in 4-H paved the way for a smooth transition into university as Rinske already knew a lot of people in her classes through various 4-H camps she had attended over the years. She joined 4-H when she was 10 years old and credits the program for shaping her into the person she is today. Rinske remembers being young and looking at what the ‘big kids’ in her club were doing and wanting to be just like them. These days, she’s one of the ‘big kids’ and is setting a shining example for those who will come after her. Rinske has shown calves and won classes at her local county show, attended the TD Canadian 4-H Dairy Classic three times, competed at EastGen Challenge, and on top of that, she’s managed to maintain top marks in most of her classes, earning her several university scholarships and accolades, the most recent of which is Ontario Holstein’s Spirit of 4-H Award for Haldimand-Norfolk.

Now, as a second-year student in the University of Guelph’s Bachelor of Science in Agriculture program, she’s found a place she can be herself and where coming from a farm and loving cows isn’t a rarity among her classmates. At Guelph, she’s jumped into the university Growing up on her family’s farm (Golden Field Farms) in Waterford, experience with both feet and is making the most of her time both Ontario, and working alongside her parents, Reyer and Anna van der Steege, has instilled in Rinske a no-nonsense work ethic while in and out of the classroom. also fostering a love of farming. One of her early memories growing As the Clothing Director on the Student Federation’s 2021 Executive, up is standing on big blue peroxide barrels in the parlour that made Rinske is tasked with the important job of designing promotional her just tall enough to dip teats. She remembers her dad teaching swag – including the signature ‘Aggies’ leather jackets worn proudly her to rip newspapers a certain way to wipe the cows clean. “It was by many in the Agricultural program. She’s part of the UoG Junior a learned art,” she says with a smile. Farmer’s square dancing set that performed at this year’s College Royal and enjoys interacting with other like-minded individuals Rinske is grateful for one of her parent’s rules in particular, and that as part of the school’s Junior Farmers Club. Rinske also serves as is that in grade 11, Rinske and her younger brothers, Reinier (16) a Provincial Director for Junior Farmers in her home county of and Inke (14) must find employment off the farm for at least one Haldimand-Norfolk. “Down time doesn’t happen too much,” she summer. Rinske’s off-farm jobs have included strawberry picking, working at a feed supply store, and spending a summer at OMAFRA admits. “But representing my school and my class is an honour.” in Simcoe doing vegetable research. Last summer, she worked for Norfolk Fruit Growers Association close to home. While Rinske’s goal has always been to experience all aspects of agriculture, she does believe that at home with the cows is where she’ll eventually end up. “The more that I worked off the farm, the more I’ve come to realize, ‘maybe I do belong here,’” she says.

“The more that I worked off the farm, the more I’ve come to realize, ‘maybe I do belong here.’ ” - RINSKE VAN DER STEEGE

Her interest leans heavily toward cow comfort and determining the best way to nurture happy, healthy animals. When her family installed robots in 2017, she focused her efforts on helping the stubborn ones move through the robot. “I wanted to find out why they weren’t doing well,” she explains. “I have patience all day for stubborn heifers,” she adds, “but not for feeding calves!” As for what’s in store for Rinske in the next few years, she does hope to return to the farm one day once her parents are ready to slow down. Next year, she will be going on an exchange to her country of birth, and attend Wageningen University, the top school for agriculture in the Netherlands. In the meantime, she just wants to continue gaining – and sharing - all the agricultural knowledge she can. “My plan is to learn a little bit about everything, maybe even some beef or poultry in the future.” Even when “the whole farm thing wasn’t cool if you were a girl,” Rinske dreamed of one day being a farmer. Years later, through lots of hard work and dedication, she’s closer to this goal than ever.

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Junior All-Ontario Program ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT THE HOLSTEIN COW AND INTERESTED IN DEVELOPING YOUR OWN ANIMALS UNDER YOUR OWN PREFIX? DO YOU ENJOY SHOWING AND MARKETING YOUR CATTLE? THIS PROGRAM IS FOR YOU! Open to 10 to 25 year olds, the Junior All-Ontario Program, run by Holstein Ontario, allows passionate Holstein enthusiasts to be recognized at county, regional, and national shows for animals owned and shown under their prefix*. To obtain a membership or transfer animals to your name, please contact your Ontario Holstein Rep. The All-Ontario Competition also has Junior All-Ontario Heifer Classes! Check out page 33 for more info. Program registration open June 1st to June 30th 2019. Members must enter their animals annually into the competition to be recognized or to participate in the Jr AllOntario Show. To register or for more program info: https://ontario.holstein.ca/dairy-youth-trust-fund/jr-all-ontario-program/

*Animals may be owned jointly with parents OR another Junior Member.

Junior All-Ontario Show AUGUST 14-15 • WOODSTOCK FAIRGROUNDS • OPEN TO AGES 10 - 25 Take part in a unique Junior All-Ontario event – the Junior All-Ontario Show! For registered Junior All-Ontario Program participants, this event includes an open show for all ages of animals and a showmanship component. Show registration open from July 20th to August 10th 2019. To register or for more info: https://ontario.holstein.ca/dairy-youth-trust-fund/jr-all-ontario-program/ Angela Howard 519-535-7769 W W W. O N TA R I O. H O L ST E I N . C A

NEW IN 2018 Champion Showperson of the Junior All-Ontario Show is eligible to apply for the European Young Breeders School in Belgium!

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STORY BY CONNOR HALPENNY

European Young Breeders School 2018 THE 2018 EDITION OF THE EUROPEAN YOUNG BREEDERS SCHOOL (EYBS) WAS CERTAINLY AN EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME FOR SIX YOUNG CANADIAN DAIRY ENTHUSIASTS! TEAM CANADA CONSISTED OF REBECCA REDNER AND MYSELF (CONNOR HALPENNY) FROM ONTARIO, TERESA HYLKEMA FROM SASKATCHEWAN, BOBBY TOLHURST AND MARTHA MACKINNON FROM QUEBEC, CYNTHIA CAMPBELL FROM NOVA SCOTIA. WE WERE ACCOMPANIED BY ROXANNE MONTPLAISIR FROM QUEBEC AS OUR CHAPERONE.

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PHOTOS 1. Team Canada, all set up at their pack in Belgium (l to r): Martha Mackinnon, Cynthia Campbell, Rebecca Redner, Teresa Hylkema, Bobby Tolhurst and Connor Halpenny, 2. Connor was first place Showperson in his class, 3. The team prepares their heifers, which had never been washed or on a halter before their arrival at the competition, 4. The team gets ready for an exciting ride ahead. From l to r: Bobby Tolhurst, Martha Mackinnon, Teresa Hylkema, Cynthia Campbell, Rebecca Redner and Connor Halpenny. PHOTOS 1, 3, 4 BY ROXANNE MONTPLAISIR. PHOTO 2 SUBMITTED.

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The team landed in Brussels, Belgium early in the morning on August 28th and were given the day to explore. We started out with some much-needed coffee (the time change was already taking effect on some of us) then hopped on a train to see the city. After our day of taste-testing local beers and sight-seeing, we were shuttled to the fairgrounds where we met our host families. Teresa, Rebecca, Martha and Cynthia were set up with a young couple that milked about 100 cows and sold their own milk and ice-cream in a shop on the farm. Bobby and I stayed with a retired dairy farmer who stopped milking cows after quota was abolished. The competition started bright and early the next day. Each participant at EYBS is assigned a random heifer provided by Belgian farmers. The heifers are assigned based on the height of the show person, so everyone is given a fair shot. As soon as we saw our animals tied up in our assigned area, we knew we had a lot of work ahead of us. None of our animals had ever been on a halter or washed before. We made the pack, washed, and set up our display, then participated in washing, clipping and marketing workshops led by some industry professionals.

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consistently found ourselves scoring the animals 1-2 points lower than the classifier, especially in areas like dairy strength and feet and legs. Another workshop we enjoyed was judging classes of heifers and comparing reasons with a Belgian judge. After all the workshops and meeting so many passionate young leaders from different countries, the competition got turned up a notch on the first of two show days. Day one was conformation and clipping evaluation. Team Canada showed off our heifers to the best of our abilities to Judge Dominic Fortier of Ferme Fortale, Quebec, and had a solid day with animals placing from the top to the bottom of the line. After conformation, the barn party began with lots of food and drink from different countries. We decided to change things up from the past few years of poutine, so we brought maple syrup with ice cream.

Conformation wasn’t our strongest category at EYBS, but the next day we had our time to shine in showmanship and we really did make an impression. Martha and Cynthia each placed second in their respective classes; Bobby placed fourth in his class, and finally, myself, Rebecca and Teresa were first, third and fifth respectively in The next two days were spent washing, training, and clipping our the same age class. Three of us represented Canada in the final class, animals to prepare for the show. We got to meet and work with with Cynthia being pulled out in the Junior Champion line up. some extremely well-respected industry professionals, including After nearly a week of working with passionate young leaders and Quim Serrabassa, Michael Halliwell, and Erica Rijneveld, who industry professionals from around the world, we packed up and would always ensure that we never let a piece of straw or hair go headed back to our host families for one last dinner together and out of place. One of the workshops that was of particular interest a well-earned sleep before our flight back home. EYBS 2018 was to our team was the opportunity to work with a Belgian classifier, certainly a once in a lifetime experience that everyone on Team and actually score a few different cows with their scorecard. We Canada will remember!

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superior

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PRODUCTION = PROFIT. JUST AS WITH THE TYPE CLASSIFICATION, IT IS IMPORTANT TO RECOGNIZE THE COWS THAT “GET THE JOB DONE.” Congratulations to all of the breeders and owners of the top five superior production

records in each age division for December 2018 through the end of February 2019! ANIMAL NAME

CLASS

AGE

M

F

P

BCA Comp

M

F

P

DEV Comp

BRABANTDALE SILVER DIVA

VG-85

01-09

364

488

381

1,233

(+122)

(+224)

(+141)

(+487)

GILLETTE SUPERSHOT STELLAART

VG-85

01-09

371

372

371

1,114

(+131)

(+111)

(+124)

(+366)

GORROX BARK 2743

GP-80

01-10

362

341

362

1,065

(+125)

(+114)

(+117)

(+356)

GILLETTE MOGUL SERUM

VG-86

01-10

349

397

354

1,100

(+110)

(+137)

(+107)

(+354)

BENREYMO SILVER DAFFODIL

GP-80

01-10

374

401

373

1,148

(+119)

(+115)

(+116)

(+350)

GP-84

02-01

342

540

368

1,250

(+100)

(+276)

(+128)

(+504)

G-78

02-10

396

428

382

1,206

(+142)

(+158)

(+125)

(+425)

VG-85

02-11

349

381

338

1,068

(+121)

(+133)

(+99)

(+353)

GILLETTE SILVER MISSY

GP-84

02-11

345

396

340

1,081

(+105)

(+135)

(+93)

(+333)

SUMMITHOLM ECHELON KOE

GP-82

02-09

415

429

379

1,223

(+124)

(+117)

(+85)

(+326)

SILVERRIDGE AIRROCK RENEE

VG-88

03-00

446

447

423

1,316

(+152)

(+146)

(+123)

(+421)

BLANCHARD HISTORY BERTY

G-77

03-00

396

459

413

1,268

(+101)

(+153)

(+113)

(+367)

STRADERHILL JETTAIR DAWLEY

GP-81

03-01

379

384

337

1,100

(+134)

(+130)

(+89)

(+353)

MOUNTAINOAK JACEY LAURY

VG-85

03-01

359

374

363

1,096

(+114)

(+120)

(+117)

(+351)

CLOVERMEAD ELOQUENT 979

GP-81

03-10

285

346

299

930

(+96)

(+140)

(+109)

(+345)

FRADON AFTERSHOCK ADELAINE

VG-86

04-00

324

424

313

1,061

(+83)

(+162)

(+70)

(+315)

H-BRIDGE AIKMAN JOSZEF

VG-87

04-04

333

335

340

1,008

(+100)

(+93)

(+108)

(+301)

LEANHAVEN CHELIOS MUGGY

VG-87

04-00

307

355

300

962

(+94)

(+118)

(+85)

(+297)

HEATHER HOLME GOLDWYN MARCIA

VG-88

04-08

317

391

316

1,024

(+81)

(+119)

(+67)

(+267)

MAPLEVUE HEFTY CANDY CANE

GP-83

04-00

330

356

331

1,017

(+75)

(+90)

(+86)

(+251)

EX-90

05-01

326

468

355

1,149

(+77)

(+199)

(+110)

(+386)

EX-91 2E

05-06

335

342

294

971

(+121)

(+110)

(+79)

(+310)

VG-85

05-09

317

406

345

1,068

(+73)

(+140)

(+92)

(+305)

FRAELAND EPIC RAIN

EX-91 2E

05-08

358

345

347

1,050

(+119)

(+88)

(+97)

(+304)

RUSTOWIL RDBURST SHOO-RED-ET

EX-92 2E

05-04

328

323

347

998

(+101)

(+82)

(+110)

(+293)

ULMAR OUTSIDE ELINA

VG-88

06-11

379

420

337

1,136

(+97)

(+111)

(+59)

(+267)

BEAVER-FLATS ATWD CANDY-ET

VG-85

07-07

253

387

246

886

(+52)

(+168)

(+43)

(+263)

EX-90 2E

06-07

302

343

295

940

(+79)

(+119)

(+57)

(+255)

G-76

07-09

294

395

324

1,013

(+72)

(+100)

(+79)

(+251)

VG-87

06-10

335

331

315

981

(+90)

(+83)

(+68)

(+241)

YEARLINGS BRABANTDALE FARMS LTD, OTTAWA FERME GILLETTE INC, EMBRUN

GORDONS ROXBURGH FARMS INC, THEDFORD FERME GILLETTE INC, EMBRUN REYNALD BENOIT, ST. ALBERT

2 YEAR OLDS BRABANTDALE GOVERNOR VALIUM BRABANTDALE FARMS LTD, OTTAWA

HEERDINK EMBASSY FIRE

HEERDINK HOLSTEINS, ST. MARYS

WHITE CROSS SHOTTLE LOTTIE WHITE CROSS FARMS, ARVA FERME GILLETTE INC, EMBRUN JOE LOEWITH & SONS LTD, LYNDEN

3 YEAR OLDS SILVERRIDGE FARMS LTD, SPRINGFIELD SUNOL FARMS, CARLETON PLACE STRADERHILL FARMS, WILLIAMSBURG MOUNTAIN OAK FARMS, NEW HAMBURG CLOVERMEAD FARMS INC, ALMA

4 YEAR OLDS ROSE VEGA FARM, BRANCHTON

HIGH BRIDGE HOLSTEINS LTD, PARKHILL SUNNY PLAINS FARMS, JOYCEVILLE GLEN & CURTIS MCNEIL, GODERICH LIBERTY FARM, BRUSSELS

5 YEAR OLDS TJR MCCUTCHEN DICE-ET

BRABANTDALE FARMS LTD, OTTAWA

KENTVILLE BRAXTON GIGGLES

KENTVILLE HOLSTEINS, MELANCTHON

AMERICANA FEVER JINGLE

MARKVALE HOLSTEINS, BEACHVILLE FRAELAND FARMS, FERGUS MARK MORELAND, JOYCEVILLE

MATURE COWS PFISTER DAIRY, MITCHELL DAPPLEDALE HOLSTEINS , GREENBANK

CLEARYDALE TRUMP MOLLY

CLEARYDALE FARMS, SPENCERVILLE

THUNDER PRONTO JADA THUNDER OAK FARM, NEEBING

JANARIC FORCE MAUDLINY

JANARIC HOLSTEINS, LISTOWEL

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Top Classifying Herds in Ontario in2018

Holstein Canada calculated the average final score of first lactation Holsteins classified in 2018 by herd size and province. Based on the number of female Holstein registrations for the year, the herds were then categorized into seven groups according to Master Breeder Program parameters. We have featured the top 20 herds in each category. Where do you stack up? AVERAGE FINAL SCORE OF FIRST LACTATION HOLSTEINS CLASSIFIED IN 2018 BY HERD SIZE AND PROVINCE Classification Herd Size 7-14 Registrations Per Year

Top 20

Number of Animals Classified

Farm Prefix

Classification Herd Size 15-19 Registrations Per Year Number of Animals Classified

Farm Prefix

Average Final Score

Classification Herd Size 20-24 Registrations Per Year

Top 20

Number of Animals Classified

Farm Prefix

Average Final Score

ASPIRATION

6

85.83

ROYAL LYNN

6

85.67

TRENT VALLEY

12

85.58

CEDARPATCH

16

85.19

DUPASQUIER

11

84.82

GLENVUE

13

85.54

LOGGANLANE

6

85.17

KAWARTHA

17

84.59

LEACHLAND

9

85.11

FRANKHAVEN

7

84.86

FOUNTLANE

6

84.33

HOLTBYHOLME

18

84.94

UNIQUE

13

84.69

STEVENLEA

10

84.30

RIVER DALE

14

84.86

VALVIEW

6

84.67

LEGEND-MAKER

11

84.18

DENLEE

6

84.83

DOUGFORD

14

84.36

ELMCROFT

17

84.00

DAPPLEDALE

11

84.64

KILLCROFT

10

84.20

ELANDEE

18

83.83

COMBHAVEN

16

84.56

LITTLE STAR

7

84.14

APPLERIDGE

6

83.67

FISHERVALE

11

84.36

BLUCRIK

7

84.00

BROWNSONLEA

14

83.64

KENTVILLE

23

84.30

PENNY LANE

7

84.00

VALCROFT

16

83.63

WINDCROFT

23

84.26

ALMAC

6

84.00

KIRKLEA

19

83.58

RICKHAVEN

18

84.22

ELLEETA

6

84.00

SILVEROAK

13

83.46

LOYALYN

14

84.21

OCONCREST

9

83.89

WOODBRIDGE

10

83.40

ERIEVIEW

17

84.18

KNAPVIEW

7

83.86

BURNACRES

26

83.38

ERROLEA

17

84.18

GLENIRVINE

23

83.83

MARLA

13

83.38

DOWNIEBROOK

19

84.16

ERINCREST

6

83.83

CALDERAY

18

83.33

RALANES

26

84.15

WELOVALE

6

83.83

D L VERSION

12

83.33

SQUIBBLAND

18

84.06

BECKERVILLE

5

83.80

WETHERHOLME

7

83.29

MAPLEBROUGH

12

84.00

RIVERMAR

8

83.75

COMRIE

16

83.25

BEAVERBROCK

19

83.89

SANDY CREST

8

83.75

Classification Herd Size 25-29 Registrations Per Year

Top 20

Number of Animals Classified

Farm Prefix

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Top 20

Average Final Score

Top 20

Classification Herd Size 30-39 Registrations Per Year

Farm Prefix

CLARKVALLEY

17

85.35

LOVSHIN

DELCREEK

26

85.12

DON-MAIR

FARISVIEW

29

85.00

HARVDALE

16

84.69

EARINCLIFFE

20

HILLMARK HIGH POINT

Number of Animals Classified

Average Final Score

Top 20 Farm Prefix

Classification Herd Size 40-59 Registrations Per Year Number of Animals Classified

Average Final Score

7

85.71

MILLBROOKE

15

85.13

28

84.61

ALEAH

28

84.89

DAIRY-DOC

10

84.40

HODGLYNN

23

84.65

WENALLT

28

84.25

HARTHAVEN

19

84.63

84.60

SIGNATURE

27

84.22

RUTI

20

84.55

12

84.58

MINTOGLEN

7

84.14

CAVANALECK

31

84.48

11

84.36

QUINNDALE

27

84.04

FLORBIL

29

84.28

SAUDER HOLME

20

84.35

SKYLINE

34

84.03

GLENNHOLME

26

84.27

PLOEGSWAY

16

84.31

CHARACTER

31

84.03

BELMORAL

37

84.24

HICKLEE

22

84.23

HEATHER HOLME

16

84.00

ARDROSS

30

84.17

CANHOPE

15

84.20

POPLARVALE

16

84.00

MAPEL WOOD

41

84.12

BENCREST

22

84.14

PERRINRIDGE

13

84.00

JOALFARMS

27

84.00

VALE-O-SKENE

14

84.14

CHARWILL

14

83.93

BRIDGEVIEW

26

84.00

SILVERDREAM

16

84.13

CHAKELBURG

40

83.88

CLARKVIEW

8

84.00

FRICOSONS

13

84.08

PRYME

20

83.80

EMBRDALE

26

83.96

CAMFLAT

15

84.00

GLENGARRY

27

83.78

HAVENVALLEY

23

83.91

SUNREST

10

83.90

APPLEVUE

24

83.75

WALNUTLAWN

28

83.89

MARLAWN

7

83.86

SUNNY PLAINS

16

83.75

MARFLOACRES

33

83.82

ROCKABERRY

12

83.83

LOCHDALE

23

83.74

LAIDLAWN

28

83.82

MAPLEKAY

6

83.83

LIBERTY-GEN

7

83.71

WELANE

17

83.76

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Classification Herd Size 60+ Registrations Per Year

Farm Prefix

Number of Animals Classified

Average Final Score

QUALITY

43

86.14

BECKRIDGE

24

85.50

CROVALLEY

34

85.15

VOGUE

16

84.88

BOSDALE

46

84.74

KINGSWAY

51

84.67

AIJA

42

84.45

DANDYLAND

37

84.24

UP-RIDGE

30

84.23

BENRISE

48

84.06

KNONAUDALE

42

83.95

RIVERDOWN

46

83.93

WINRIGHT

37

83.92

HANALEE

39

83.85

HOLZER

31

83.71

CHERRY CREST

42

83.62

COACHSIDE

13

83.62

BEAVER RAY

29

83.48

WALKERBRAE

53

83.47

OCONNORS

74

83.42

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Best of the Breed

EX-94 & Higher • BOSDALE SHOTTLE LIBERTY EX-96-3E Bred and owned by Bosdale Farms Inc, Cambridge • WALNUTLAWN ACCAPULCO SILK EX-94-5E Bred and owned by Walnutlawn Farms Limited, Tavistock • RAELAND WINDBROOK CASSIE EX-94-2E Bred By Rae Stadder, Selkirk; Owned By Erieview Farms Limited, Selkirk • SMITHDEN MCCUTCHEN ALYSIUM EX-94 Bred and owned by Smithden Holsteins Inc, Woodstock

Over 125,000 kilograms of Milk (Milk Per day of Life) • BRUGLINE TITANIC IVORY G-79-2YR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142,643 Kgs (32.67) Bred by Brugline Farms Ltd., Chesterville; Owned by F & H Haerle Farms Inc., St. Isadore • SUMMITHOLM ASHLAR LEE VG-85-7YR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139,194 Kgs (37.85) Bred and owned by Joe Loewith & Sons Ltd., Lynden • F & B HILLFARM 518 G-76-2YR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137,759 Kgs (25.84) Bred by F & B Hillfarm, Gowanstown; Owned by Leutenegger Farms Ltd., Gowanstown • MRS MRYL MARMAX MAZDA-ET EX-90-6E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .134,844 Kgs (27.20) Owned by Rollingview Farms, Wallenstein • VANDEHOLM OUTSIDE MINNIE EX-91-6E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131,499 Kgs (23.63) Bred by Vandeholm Farms Ltd., St. Marys; Owned By Avonbank Holsteins, St. Marys • EMBRDALE OPPORTUNITY LYSTER EX-90-4E 3* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .130,934 Kgs (24.61) Bred by Embrdale Farms, Asphodel-Norwood; Owned by Extramile Farm, Keene • BRIDGEND FREE WINNIE GP-80-2YR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129,578 Kgs (29.45) Bred and owned by Leighton Gill McDonell, North Lancaster • LANYDONE OUTSIDE JANET EX-91-4E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129,134 Kgs (22.95) Bred by Lanydone Farms Ltd., Chepstow; Owned by Goldstar Genetics, Holstein

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• RICHLAND OUTSIDE 287 EX-91-6E 3*. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127,438 Kgs (24.45) Bred by Ed & Gary Richardson, Stirling; Owned by Richland Holsteins, Stirling • HOLZER TIPPY EARS EX-92-7E. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126,590 Kgs (27.69) Bred and owned by Bushy View, Lakeside • S-S-HOLSTEIN JEEVES 1623 VG-85-8YR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126,247 Kgs (36.98) Bred and owned by Ontario Inc 1024248, St. Bernardin • ARDTREA PAULINE GP-81-2YR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125,112 Kgs (28.59) Bred by Ardtrea Acres, Severn; Owned by A.H.E. Dairy Farm, Watford

Excellence

pursuit of

A NEW EXCELLENT COW OR A VERY GOOD TWO-YEAR-OLD IS A BREEDING ACCOMPLISHMENT. These cows are the highlight of any herd visit and a source of pride for their breeders and owners. From December 2018 through to the end of February 2019, there were 739 1st time Excellent cows and 1,028 Very Good 2-year-olds classified in Ontario. Those classifying EX-91 and above and VG87 and above are listed here - a complete list can be found under the Awards-Lists tab at www.holstein.ca. Congratulations to the owners and breeders of these fine animals!

DECEMBER - FEBRUARY EX’S

BOSDALE ATWOOD ELSA EX 93 Bosdale Farms Inc, Cambridge CLAYNOOK ROSEEN DOORMAN EX 93 Claynook Farms Ltd, New Hamburg CROVALLEY WINDBROOK SHANE EX 93 Crovalley Holsteins, Hastings TEMPLEVIEW CULMINANT COBBLER EX 93 Brian Joseph Enright, Winchester Templeview Holsteins, Kemptville UP-RIDGE ATWOOD AVOCADO EX 93 Up-Ridge Holsteins, Embro WALNUTLAWN MCCUTCHEN SUMMER EX 93 Avant-Garde Group, Dundas AVELINE LAUTHORITY ASTRID EX 92 Aveline Holsteins 2005 Ltd, Drayton Jason Martin, Elmira BONNIESPRING SHADOW PEGGY E X 92 Mcninch Holsteins, Millbrook

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BOSDALE MERIDIAN G S PORTRAIT EX 92 Bosdale Farms Inc, Cambridge

HAVENVALLEY WINDBROOK RAINE EX 92 Havenvalley Holsteins, Wallenstein

SIGNATURE D PROSPECT EX 92 Signature Holsteins, Morrisburg

CAVANALECK WINDBROOK BRIELLE EX 92 Cavanaleck Farms Ltd, Belmont

HIGH POINT BRAXTON ALANIS EX 92 High Point Farms, Port Perry

SMITHDEN ELIMINATOR ELLA EX 92 S mithden Holsteins Inc, Woodstock

CLAYHAVEN BARBOSA SATELITE EX 92 Melvin G. Martin, Wallenstein

HYDEN DEMPSEY KATE EX 92 Hyden Holsteins, Milverton

CRAIGCREST UNO ROCKETTE EX 92 Clintstone Holsteins, St. Thomas Forest Lee Farms Ltd, Springfield Redstone Holsteins, Kirkton

JOBO AMBER EX 92 Jobo Farms Inc, North Augusta

SMYGWATYS ENFORCER LILY RAE E X 92 Breeze Hill Holsteins, Winchester Brian Joseph Enright, Winchester Jaquemet Holsteins, Winchester Raymond J. Smygwaty, Russell

DELCREEK HAZEL NUT EX 92 Peter Rylaarsdam, Winchester DOWNIEBROOK SABRINA SID EX 92 Downiebrook Farms Ltd, St. Pauls EBYLANE SAMMY WONDEROUS E X 92 Ebylane Holsteins, Drayton FARNEAR-I L GOLD VIVID EX 92 Legend-Maker Holsteins, Mt. Hope

KINGSWAY GOLDWYN LIPSMACK EX 92 Kingsway Farms, Hastings MAPEL WOOD PEPPER BULLETS EX 92 Mapel Wood Farms, Jerseyville NITHSIDE JUSTINE BROKAW EX 92 Spruceafton Farms Inc, Milverton RALANES FEVER DELIGHT EX 92 Hidden Creek Farms, Stirling RONBETH AFTERSHOCK SABELLA EX 92 RONBETH GOLDCHIP LEXIS EX 92 Ronbeth Holsteins, Hastings

UP-RIDGE ATWOOD HAPPYHOUR EX 92 Up-Ridge Holsteins, Embro VERNLEA STANLEYCUP ANDY E X 92 Vernlea Farms, Winchester WINDCROFT BROKAW ECLIPSE EX 92 Windcroft Farm, Gananoque WINRIGHT ATWOOD ANNA EX 92 Brian Joseph Enright, Winchester ZETTLERDALE CHELIOS SOPHIE EX 92 Zettlerdale Farms, Chepstow

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REPORTS DECEMBER - FEBRUARY VG’S AIJA ATWOOD VELVET EX 91 AIJA EPIC LAMBO MERCY EX 91 Jaquemet Holsteins, Winchester

ELCRAIG WINDBROOK ABIGAIL E X 91 Alluvialdale Farms, Foresters Falls Hans Ochs, Waterloo Marthaven Holsteins, Woodstock Quiet Acres Holsteins, Dorchester

NEWMORNING SABATHIA KATEE 1782 EX 91 New Morning Holsteins, Monkton

ALNOR MERIDIAN HAZEL VG 87 Natureview Holsteins, Alma

OCONNORS DAVINCI ETERNITY E X 91 O’Connor Land & Cattle Co, Ajax

ELLIOTTDALE FEVER FRIEDA EX 91 Elliottdale Holsteins, Thorndale

ONTOWA DOORMAN HOBBY EX 91 Ontowa Farms Inc, Elmira

BOSDALE MCCUTCHEN TOOTSIE VG 87 BOSDALE GOLD CHIP PORTRAIT D VG 87 Bosdale Farms Inc, Cambridge

ERBCREST ATWOOD MEGHAN EX 91 Erbcrest Farm, Milverton

PAULROE LOCKOUT CREAM EX 91 David Martin, Arthur

ERROLEA ATWOOD BECCA EX 91 Errolea Holsteins, Camlachie

POP-A-TOP TARA ATWOOD EX 91 Kevin Squibb, St. Pauls

EVERLANE ALEXANDER PENNY E X 91 Paul M. & Shirley Martin, Elmira

REDLODGE AFTERSHOCK CATALAYA EX 91 Redlodge Farms Inc, Finch

BRABANTDALE FLAME VIGOROUS EX 91 Jaquemet Holsteins, Winchester

FIELDHOUSE WINDBROOK WASABI EX 91 Fieldhouse Farms, Ariss

RICHDALE ATWOOD PAMBAM EX 91 Richdale Holsteins, Elmira

BRENLAND RECHARGE KEIRA EX 91 Brenland Holsteins, Millbank

FLORALAKE BETSY EX 91 Daniel & Edna Martin, Elmira

RJF MCCUTCHEN NELLY EX 91 Robert Jarrell, Corbyville

BROOKTURN ATWOOD ONICA EX 91 Brookturn Holsteins, St. Anns

FRADON LE PLAN JEN EX 91 Rose Vega Farm, Branchton

ROESBETT GOLDWYN GOLD RING E X 91 Dairy-Doc Holsteins, Woodstock

BROWNLANDS SID BAM BAM E X 91 Brownlands Farm, Enterprise

GLENALCOMB SYDNEY ATWOOD EX 91 Clair E. Petherick, Campbellford

RONBETH WINDBROOK LENA EX 91 Ronbeth Holsteins, Hastings

BRUVIEW CHELIOS TOPSY EX 91 BRUVIEW UNIX DENTINE EX 91 Bruview Holsteins, Elmira

GREIDEN MERGER SYDNEY 2712 EX 91 Greiden Farms Ltd, St. Marys

ROWSPINE BRADY GENNY EX 91 Rowspine Farms, Elgin

HAVENVALLEY KRUSADER REPETOIRE EX 91 Havenvalley Holsteins, Wallenstein

SANDY CREST SUNDOWN EX 91 Sandy Crest Holsteins, Arnprior

HIGH POINT ROXIE FLARE EX 91 High Point Farms, Port Perry

SAUDER HOLME FEVER VERONICA E X 91 SAUDER HOLME WINDBROOK PAGE EX 91 M urrel & Martha Sauder, Wallenstein

ASPIRATION FEVER TEMPEST E X 91 Lyndon Stewart & Associates Inc, Guelph BERTENSVILLE IMPRESSION WINE EX 91 Kemmere Holsteins, Mitchell BOSDALE ALLESSIO ELSA EX 91 W atson Land And Livestock, Branchton BOSDALE FEVER ESCAPE C EX 91 BOSDALE GOLD CHIP CORSELLE EX 91 BOSDALE SEAVER LYDIA 666 EX 91 Bosdale Farms Inc, Cambridge

CAUSEWAY SAMUELO SQUAWKY EX 91 Thomas Roth, Bright CITILIMITS DORCY DALE 784 EX 91 Citilimits Farms Inc, St. Agatha CLAIRCREST WINDBROOK LOLLY EX 91 Clair E. Petherick, Campbellford

HIGH POINT WINDBROOK GIVONO E X 91 M artin A. & Alex D. Hossack, Thamesford

CLARKVALLEY DASHER STORMY EX 91 Clarkvalley Holsteins, Woodville

HOLTBYHOLME CHELIOS LEXUS E X 91 HOLTBYHOLME MISS SHAKIRA EX 91 Holtbyholme Holsteins, Port Perry

CLAYHAVEN CULMINART ZAMARA EX 91 Melvin G. Martin, Wallenstein

HOLZER JELLO CHIP EX 91 Bushy View, Lakeside

CLAYNOOK DELICATE DOORMAN E X 91 CLAYNOOK DEW DOORMAN EX 91 Claynook Farms Ltd, New Hamburg

HUBERTS MEADOW AFTERSHOCK 903 EX 91 Christopher Martin, Moorefield

CLEOSSY SUITOR TWINE EX 91 Cleason Wideman, St. Jacobs COZY HAVEN DEMPSEY DASH EX 91 Cozy Haven Holsteins, Elmira CREBROEK AFTERSHOCK LINDSAY EX 91 Eric Van Den Broek, Mountain CRESTO WINDBROOK ROXETTA EX 91 Spring Crest Farms, Mt. Forest CROVALLEY AFTERSHOCK REINA EX 91 CROVALLEY AFTERSHOCK RENITA EX 91 CROVALLEY LAVANGUARD AMUSE EX 91 Crovalley Holsteins, Hastings

JEFFRED IMPRESSION TRUST EX 91 Fred Jeffs, Stirling JUBILEE AFTERSHOCK NASE EX 91 Jubilee Farm, Atwood KEYLAS ATWOOD SHEBAH EX 91 Douglas Winger, Cayuga KILLCROFT AT LULULEMON EX 91 Killcroft Holsteins, Tavistock KINGSWAY MCCUTHEN ARATATAT EX 91 E mbrdale Farm, Asphodel-Norwood

CANHOPE BLAKE BRINKLEY VG 87 Ron Canning, Palmerston CAVANALECK GARAN ENDURE V G 87 Cavanaleck Farms Ltd, Belmont CHERRY CREST ATWOOD REJOICE VG 87 Cherry Crest Holsteins, Martintown CLAIRCREST ATWOOD ALLURE VG 87 Clair E. Petherick, Campbellford CLAYHAVEN DEMPSEY LAMADONA VG 87 Melvin G. Martin, Wallenstein CROVALLEY SID ALLIZEE VG 87 CROVALLEY DOORMAN MINGLE VG 87 Crovalley Holsteins, Hastings DALMENY MCCUTCHEN CAROSEL VG 87 Dalmeny Holsteins, Osgoode EMBRDALE GEORGIA CINDERDOOR VG 87 Embrdale Farm, Asphodel-Norwood ERROLEA AVALANCHE BRAZIL VG 87 Errolea Holsteins, Camlachie EXTRAMILE GLORIOUS GOLDCHIP V G 87 Extramile Farm, Keene FIELDHOUSE AVALANCHE ASTRALOU VG 87 Fieldhouse Farms, Ariss

SHYLANE BROKAW JUDE EX 91 John Mccallum, Stratford

GLENNHOLME RALEIGH HARLAN VG 87 Glennholme Holsteins, Carp

SILVERCAP DREAMS TEASE E X 91 Silvercap Holsteins, Puslinch S mithden Holsteins Inc, Woodstock

HOLZER MERIDIAN BEARLY VG 87 Bushy View, Lakeside

SKINHEIR SANCHEZ LACEY EX 91 Jacob Skinner, Mitchell Skinheir Holsteins Inc, Mitchell SKIPWELL ATWOOD ROSIE EX 91 Skipwell Farms Inc, Aylmer SLEEGERDALE 5G HANNA LEE EX 91 Sleegerdale Farms Ltd, Belmont

HOWARD-VIEW LAMADONAS LAD VG 87 Glenbert Holsteins, Embro Nuview Farms Ltd, Thorndale LEGACY V M DOORMAN TOO LATE VG 87 David Wideman, Listowel Legacy Holsteins, Atwood Marthaven Holsteins, Woodstock

SPRUCE LAWN FOREMOST CARMELLA EX 91 Cleon Gingrich, Drayton

LILYKING ABBEY ROAD VG 87 Calaway Holsteins, Woodstock J-Star Holsteins, Woodstock Killcroft Holsteins, Tavistock

STANTONS GREAT MARTINI-ET EX 91 STANTONS KING VI-ET EX 91 Stanton Bros Limited, Ilderton

LIZETTES DOORMAN LYDIA-ET VG 87 Justin Velthuis, Metcalfe Riverdown Holsteins, Metcalfe

SUNNYLODGE SPOTTIE EX 91 Arcadia Farms Ltd, Codrington Sunnylodge Farms Inc, Chesterville

MARBRO SUPERPOWER CHRISTIANE VG 87 Condon Holsteins, Thamesford

DAIRYHIRST HURICAN 794 EX 91 R on & Margaret Elmhirst, Campbellford

KINGSWAY LUMI BERYL EX 91 KINGSWAY UNO GRETA EX 91 KINGSWAY WINDBROOK ROSEANNE EX 91 KINGSWAY WINDBROOK ZOLA E X 91 Kingsway Farms, Hastings

DELHOME STEADY 1154 EX 91 Delhome Holsteins, Milverton

LOCHDALE MOGUL PAGE EX 91 Lochdale Holsteins, Alexandria

DITON DIAMOND EX 91 Diton Farms Ltd, St. Pauls

LORNEVA SANCHEZ PATTY EX 91 Freedom Farms Inc, New Liskeard

DON-MAIR MCDOUGAL CONSTANCE EX 91 Don-Mair Farms, Mt. Hope

MAPEL WOOD PEPPER LUSCIOUS EX 91 Mapel Wood Farms, Jerseyville

DOWNIEBROOK HELEN SID EX 91 Downiebrook Farms Ltd, St. Pauls

MAPLE-AIN CHELIOS MERIDITH EX 91 Maple-Ain Holsteins, Smiths Falls

VELTHUIS SNOWMAN ELLEN EX 91 Derek Karn, Woodstock

DUADEN TOPSIDE TUMBLE EX 91 Duaden Holsteins, Wallenstein

MARGROVE WINDHAMMER GARGOYLE EX 91 Margrove Farms Inc, Elmira

VRIESDALE BREKEM BUD LIGHT RED E X 91 Vriesdale Holsteins, Mountain

DUCKETT-SA DURHAM FEVER-ET EX 91 Ebylane Holsteins, Drayton

MARK-A-VALLEY DOORMAN INDIA EX 91 Mark-A-Valley Farm, Arthur

WEENARDA ENFORCER MIYA EX 91 Weenarda Farms, Iroquois

DUSTY HILLS GLAUCO MAZDA EX 91 DUSTY HILLS MANAGER WENITA EX 91 Dusty Hills, Elmira

MILVALEA AFTERSHOCK LAVA EX 91 MILVALEA SNOW BRAWL EX 91 Milvalea Holsteins, Baltimore

WILL-O-LANE STANLEYCUP JESSE E X 91 Loucks Bros, Campbellford

EIXDALE RIBEYE HUNTER EX 91 EIXDALE ROLLUP SATELITE EX 91 Brian Eix, Elmira

MISTY SPRINGS SMOKIN BARBARA EX 91 Mcintosh Holsteins, Embro

TEDLIZ VLADIMIR GEORGETTE E X 91 Tedliz Holsteins, Poole TRAILVIEW WINDBROOK JOYETTA EX 91 Trailview Holsteins, Wallenstein UP-RIDGE BARBWIRE PLATO E X 91 Up-Ridge Holsteins, Embro VALVIEW SAMMY SKYE EX 91 Valview Farm Ltd, Port Perry VELAN DOORMAN TABITHA EX 91 Velan Farms, Cavan

ZETTLERDALE WINDBROOK ERIN EX 91 Zettlerdale Farms, Chepstow

MOY HALL CONTRAST RESOLUTION VG 87 Moy Hall Farms, St. Marys MS REYNCREST CRSH CHARLOTTE VG 87 Drentex Jerseys, Russell Liberty Genetics, Kemptville Redtag Genetics, Oxford Station RICKHAVEN HYPNOTIC JELLO VG 87 Rickhaven Holsteins, Drayton RIVER DALE UNIX MARY VG 87 RIVER DALE MC MARILOU VG 87 River Dale Holsteins, St. Jacobs RIVERMAR MARIO TAYALA VG 87 Rivermar Holsteins, St Jacobs SIGNATURE B CLASSIC VG 87 Signature Holsteins, Morrisburg Todd Edwards, Morrisburg SIGNATURE MD KEYANDRA VG 87 Connor Halpenny, Merrickville Glennholme Holsteins, Carp Signature Holsteins, Morrisburg Todd Edwards, Morrisburg UP-RIDGE DOORMAN HELLO VG 87 Up-Ridge Holsteins, Embro WERRCROFT GOLDWYN LILY VG 87 Bosdale Farms Inc, Cambridge

The Link is celebrating its 10th year as a publication this year! Watch for a throwback to some of our favourite issues throughout the year. To be part of our next issue, which will be in mailboxes July 15, book your space by May 24. Email thelink@ontario.holstein.ca or call 519-209-5553.

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April 3-4 Canadian Dairy Expo, Stratford April 5 Elgin Holstein Breeders’ Cup April 6 Lambton Holstein Barn Meeting, 1 - 3 p.m. April 8 Essex Kent Breeders’ Cup April 9 Prescott County Breeders’ Cup & Celebration, Le Vieux Chateau Restaurant 7:30 p.m. April 11 Waterloo Holstein Breeders’ Cup Social at Heritage Hill Farms April 12 Peterbough Holstein Club/Milk Committeee Banquet, Millenium Room Norwood, 6:30 p.m. April 20 Oxford Holstein Calf Sale, 1 - 3 p.m. April 24-27 Holstein Canada National Holstein Convention, PEI April 24 Ontario Spring Discovery Holstein Show, Ancaster Fairgrounds, 9:30 a.m. Judge: Mike West April 25 Ontario Spring Discovery Jersey Show, Ancaster Fairgrounds, 9:30 a.m. Judge: Mike West

MAY 2019 May 17 Earincliffe Herd Dispersal 10:30 a.m. at the farm, Tottenham May 25 Ontario Judging School Beckholm Holsteins, 23700 Lake Ridge Rd., Sunderland 10 a.m.

JUNE 2019 June 8 Perth Holstein Club 4-H Showmanship Clinic, Carson’s Auctions, Listowel, 1 p.m. June 22 Ontario Judging School Up-Ridge Holsteins, 377060 Embro Rd., Stratford, 10 a.m. June 22 Maxville Holstein Show

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June 25 Perth County Twilight Meeting Cnossome Holsteins, 5804 Perth County, Rd 119, Brunner June 27 Elgin Holstein Club Golf Day, 10 a.m.

JULY 2019 July 3 Bruce County Golf Day, 10 a.m. July 3 Lambton Family Day, 12 p.m. July 3 Simcoe County Holstein Club Twilight Meeting July 3 Huron Twilight Meeting, Breezy Farms, 84046 McNaught Line, Brussels July 4-5 EastGen Challenge, Stratford July 4 Grey County Twilight Meeting, Valleykirk Holsteins, the Kirkconnell Family , 82406 Sideroad 6, Owen Sound July 4 Stormont County Twilight Meeting, Pomyhill Holsteins, 16835 Mackillican Rd. Moose Creek July 5 Ontario County Twilight Meeting

July 11 Northumberland County Family Night, Stonybrook Holsteins, 316 Hoskin Rd., Cobourg July 11 Wellington County Twilight Meeting July 16 Essex Kent Twilight Meeting July 16 Glengarry County Twilight Meeting Adrian & Annie St. Denis, 19236 Kenyon Concession Rd. 4, Alexandria July 17 Bruce Holstein Twilight Meeting July 18 Prescott County Twilight Meeting Wilkridge Farm 4646 Ridge Rd., Fournier July 19 Peterborough County Dinner at the Dairy July 20 Holstein Quebec Picnic at Lareleve July 23 Ontario Summer Show Clipping Competition Lindsay Ex July 24 East Central 4-H Show @ Ontario Summer Show, Lindsay Ex July 24 Inter-County 4-H Judging Competition Lindsay Ex July 25 Ontario Summer Show, Lindsay Ex

July 8-9 EastGen Showcase and Eastern Junior Show, Spencerville July 8-9 East-Central Junior Show, Orono Fairgrounds July 9 Dufferin County Twilight Meeting July 10-11 Western Ontario Junior Show, Woodstock Fairgrounds July 10 Lennox & Addington Twilight Meeting, James & Valerie Barton and family, 54 Armstrong Lane, Bath July 10 Lanark County Twilight Meeting Jockbrae Farms, 500 9th Line, Carleton Place July 11-12 EastGen Challenge, Markham July 11 Waterloo County Golf Tournament, Elmira Golf Club

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YOUR 2019/2020 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Front row (l to r): Wilfred Strenzke, Brad Lowry (President), Merina Johnston (GM), Tara Bullock (Vice-President), Dave Johnston (Past President). Back row (l to r): Hans Pfister, Cole Verburg, James Cranston, Tom Hawman, Dennis Werry (National Director to the Board).

TOM HAWMAN, EAST-CENTRAL

WELCOME STEPHANIE! The Ontario Holstein Branch is pleased to welcome Pauline Johnson Co-op student Stephanie Fletcher to the team! Stephanie hails from Fletcher Family Farm, a small beef and cash crop farm in Caledonia, Ont. In the fall, Stephanie will be attending the University of Guelph for a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. She has been working on organizing Judging Events and managing the Branch’s social media. We’re thrilled to have her here with us!

index of Tom Hawman is taking on the role of director, replacing outgoing Past President Sandy O’Hara for the East-Central district. Tom farms with his brother, Brad, at Tomalynn Farms in Omemee, Ontario, where they milk 40 head in a tie-stall barn. They crop a total of 450 acres of hay, corn and soybeans as cash crop, as well as spring or fall wheat for straw bedding. Tom was involved in the Victoria County Holstein Club for a number of years, serving as Director, Vice-President and President. He was an official Judge with Holstein Canada and currently sits on the Board for the Cow of the Year award. Tom and his wife, Deb, have twin boys – Zachary and Eli – and a daughter, Maggie. Zachary works as a chemistry teacher in Peterborough and Eli works at Ontario Power Generation in Pickering. Maggie is completing her fourth year of the Film & TV program at Sheraton College. The family tries to get away down south each winter for a week when they can. Tom is a self-described “hockey nut” and played recreationally for many years. These days, he watches from the comfort of his couch and spends most Saturday nights cheering for his favourite team, the Toronto Maple Leafs. W W W. O N TA R I O. H O L ST E I N . C A

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Kirklea Holsteins ROBERT & NANCY MACDONALD, ROB HEFFERNAN & BETHANY MACDONALD

(l to r) Nancy and Robert MacDonald, Rob Heffernan and Bethany MacDonald PHOTO BY DAVID JOSEPH

1. What is your family’s history with Holsteins?

Kirklea Holsteins began in 1977, when Robert graduated from the University of Guelph and bought the farm across from his Dad’s, where Kirklea Holsteins was established. His brother, Rae, took over the home operation, making them both 3rd generation Holstein breeders. Kirklea earned its Master Breeders shield in 1996. Today, the herd classification is 10 ME, 7 EX, 26 VG, 12 GP with a BCA of 259-274-255.

HERD SIZE: 50 COWS OPERATION TYPE: TIE-STALL DALKEITH, ON - GLENGARRY COUNTY 8. If you could have ANY cow standing in your barn, who would it be and why?

Starbrite Lyster Lyndsay or Thrulane James Rose because they were good, functional, everyday cows that excelled in the show ring. Plus, they had good milk production and longevity. 9. What is one thing you would tell a young farmer starting out that you wish you had been told?

When you look back, you see how quickly time goes by. But when starting, one must realize that “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” Breeding We breed for high type, functional cows with good dairy strength a good herd of cows happens gradually. It’s doing what you love day and good udders, without sacrificing milk, components etc. after day with others who have the same passion. 2. What are your breeding goals?

3. What genetic tools are most important in your breeding program?

10. How do you use genomic information in your herd and what are

Classification and bull proofs are used the most in making breeding your thoughts on the future of genomics? decisions on matings. We haven’t done any genomic testing. We use genomic information when doing sire selection, but also like to pair it with proven numbers and successful cow families. We do 4. Describe the ultimate/ideal cow for your operation: not genomic test any heifers on farm currently. Good, functional, everyday cows with good milk production is the ultimate cow at Kirklea. We like a cow that scores high as a 2-yr-old 11. How many cows do you flush each year? How do you market your and improves with each lactation and breeds true to their offspring. embryos that are for sale? Having a good temperament and being easy to work with is also We flush about four to five cows per year. Currently all embryos are greatly appreciated. implanted on farm for herd improvement but are always open to outside interest. 5. What cow in your barn is currently the “Heart of the Herd”?

Devans Remark Dempsey is our Heart of the Herd as she was AllCanadian Intermediate Yearling, nominated All-American and Reserve All-Canadian Inter. Calf. She scored 89 points in her second lactation and is the first cow in the herd to accomplish this. She’s now EX 93. Her oldest Doorman daughter is VG-88 2nd lactation. She also has daughters by Doorman, Sid, Cinderdoor, embyros by Tattoo, as well as a granddaughter by Unix. On top of this, whe has completed a milk record of 270-361-294. 6. What are you most proud of in your herd/operation?

We feel fortunate that Holsteins have looked after us for over 40 years. We’re now proud to say we have seventh and eighth generation VG or EX females in the barn. Unfortunately, the current markets don’t reward much for that. We try to convince ourselves that if we stay true to our goals and never lose sight of the milk cheque, that as trends change, people will still love a good-looking cow.

12. Being in the breeding business, what traits do you find sell the best? What trait do you value most?

Production is always the constant. But no matter who the buyer is, they always want a better cow than they have. When marketing heifers, exceptional individuals with good sires and pedigree help promote the sale. We are always critical of all traits until the whole package is complete. We strive to have it all. 13. Which bulls do you feel has had the most impact on your herd over the years and today?

Our role call of the saints includes Senator, Majesty, Starbuck, Outside, Goldwyn, Sid, Windbrook, Atwood and Doorman. 14. What are the management practices in place on your farm that you feel contribute the most to the success of your operation? Why?

We don’t believe that our management is any different than other herds. We are sticklers for details and getting the job done properly, 7. If you could improve one thing in your herd/operation, what would no matter what. This sometimes becomes a case of us working too it be? much; however, we all have a common goal and that is to develop Our herd is expanding and space is becoming limited so we could outstanding heifers, milk good cows and make a profit while doing use more space. The cows do well, but with current cow/milk it. markets, everyone needs more milk sales.

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Claynook

DENIM

0200HO10348 FLAME x SNOWMAN x PLANET

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MILIBRO DENIM ROSELIL VG -86-2YR- CAN

Excitement is building for Claynook DENIM! This well-bred Flame son offers everything modern dairymen are looking for. With an official Canadian proof for Conformation, expect deep-healed cows with ideal bone quality and outstanding udders. He also has official designations as a Fertility First, Calving Ease, Health Smart, Showtime and A2A2 sire. Ask your EastGen representative about DENIM … he checks all the boxes!

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GPA LPI

+3189

Pro$

$2038

Milk

+1009kg

Fat

+65kg +0.25%

Protein

+50kg +0.14%

Conformation

+12*

Mammary System

+11*

Feet & Legs

+13*

Heel Depth

+11*

Bone Quality

+10

Herd Life

105*

Daughter Fertility

103

Calving Ability

104*

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